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Saikosaponin A


  • Brand : BIOFRON

  • Catalogue Number : BF-S1002

  • Specification : 98%

  • CAS number : 20736-09-8

  • Formula : C42H68O13

  • Molecular Weight : 780.98

  • PUBCHEM ID : 167928

  • Volume : 20mg

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Catalogue Number


Analysis Method






Molecular Weight



White crystalline powder

Botanical Source

root of Bupleurum chinense DC.

Structure Type



Standards;Natural Pytochemical;API




SAILKOSAPONIN A/SaikosaponinA/SAILKOSAPONINS A/β-D-Galactopyranoside, (3β,16β)-13,28-epoxy-16,23-dihydroxyolean-11-en-3-yl 6-deoxy-3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-/Saikosaponin A/Saikosaponian A/EINECS 244-001-6/(3β,16β,17α,18α)-16,23-Dihydroxy-13,28-epoxyolean-11-en-3-yl 6-deoxy-3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-β-D-galactopyranoside/Saikosaponin a std./(3β,16β)-16,23-Dihydroxy-13,28-epoxyolean-11-en-3-yl 6-deoxy-3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-β-D-galactopyranoside/β-D-Galactopyranoside, (3β,16β,17α,18α)-13,28-epoxy-16,23-dihydroxyolean-11-en-3-yl 6-deoxy-3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-




1.4±0.1 g/cm3


Methanol; Pyridine; DMSO

Flash Point

494.3±34.3 °C

Boiling Point

893.7±65.0 °C at 760 mmHg

Melting Point

225 - 235ºC


InChl Key

WGK Germany


HS Code Reference


Personal Projective Equipment

Correct Usage

For Reference Standard and R&D, Not for Human Use Directly.

Meta Tag

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the protective effects of Saikosaponin a (SSa), a triterpene saponin derived from Radix bupleuri, on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI) using a murine model. The mice were given SSa 1 h after intranasal instillation of LPS. Then, lung histopathological examination, the wet/dry (W/D) ratio, myeloperoxidase (MPO), and inflammatory cytokines in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) were detected in this study. The results showed that SSa reduced lung pathological injury induced by LPS. Furthermore, LPS-induced lung W/D ratio, MPO activity, and inflammatory cytokines TNF-α and IL-1β in BALF were significantly inhibited by SSa. In addition, SSa suppressed LPS-induced NF-κB activation and NLRP3 inflammasome expression. In conclusion, we found that SSa played a critical anti-inflammatory effect through inhibition of NF-κB and NLRP3 signaling pathways and protected against LPS-induced ALI.


LPS; NLRP3; Saikosaponin a; lung injury.


Saikosaponin a Ameliorates LPS-Induced Acute Lung Injury in Mice


Zhi-An Du 1 , Mei-Na Sun 1 , Zhan-Sheng Hu 2

Publish date

2018 Feb




Saikosaponin A (SSA) is a triterpenoid saponin with many pharmacological activities, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. The effect of SSA on cardiac remodeling and fibrosis, however, remains unclear. Aortic banding surgery was used to establish a mouse cardiac remodeling and fibrosis model. Mice were subjected to an intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of SSA (5 mg/kg/d or 40 mg/kg/d) 2 weeks after surgery for 28 days. As a result, SSA had limited effect on cardiac hypertrophy but decreased cardiac fibrosis remarkably. Neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were isolated and cultured with SSA (1 and 30 μM). Both 1 and 30 μM SSA reduced atrial natriuretic peptide transcription induced by angiotensin II. Adult mouse cardiac fibroblasts were isolated and cultured with SSA (1, 3, 10 and 30 μM). Only 10 and 30 μM SSA ameliorated transforming growth factor β (TGFβ)-induced fibroblast activation and function. Mouse heart endothelial cells were isolated and stimulated with TGFβ and cocultured with SSA (1, 3, 10 and 30 μM). Only 1 and 3 μM SSA ameliorated TGFβ-induced endothelium-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). Consistently, only the 5 mg/kg/d treatment relieved pressure overload-induced EndMT in vivo. Furthermore, we found that high dosages of SSA (10 and 30 μM) inhibited the TGFβ/smad pathway in fibroblasts, while low dosages of SSA (1 and 3 μM) inhibited the Wnt/β-catenin pathway in endothelial cells. The Smad pathway activator SRI-011381 eliminated SSA (30 μM)-induced protective effects on fibroblasts. The Wnt pathway activator WAY-262611 eliminated SSA (1 μM)-induced protective effects on endothelial cells. In summary, this study indicates the potential application of SSA in the treatment of myocardial fibrosis in cardiac fibrosis, with different target effects associated with different dosages.


LPS; NLRP3; Saikosaponin a; lung injury.


Saikosaponin A Protects From Pressure Overload-Induced Cardiac Fibrosis via Inhibiting Fibroblast Activation or Endothelial Cell EndMT


Yuan Liu 1 , Lu Gao 1 , Xiaoyan Zhao 1 , Sen Guo 1 , Yuzhou Liu 1 , Ran Li 1 , Cui Liang 1 , Ling Li 1 , Jianzeng Dong 1 , Lina Li 2 , Haibo Yang 1

Publish date

2018 Oct 31




Accumulating studies have shown that a traditional Chinese decoction Chaihu-Shugan-San produced the antidepressant-like effects in rodents including in perimenopausal. Previous studies and our preliminary study indicated that saikosaponin A, one of the main constituents of Chaihu-Shugan-San, enhanced brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) expression in rats. Herein, this study aimed to evaluate the antidepressant-like effects of saikosaponin A in perimenopausal rats exposed to chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS). The sucrose preference test, novelty-suppressed feeding test and forced swimming test were performed after administration of saikosaponin A for 4 weeks. Serum corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and corticosterone levels, as well as hypothalamus CRH and hippocampal glucocorticoid receptor were measured. In addition, pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-1beta (IL-1β), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) in the hippocampus were detected for evaluation of the neuroinflammation. Further, BDNF levels and its receptor TrkB were also determined. Our results indicated that four-week treatment with saikosaponin A increased sucrose preference, decreased latency to feed in the novelty-suppressed feeding test and reduced the immobility time in the forced swimming test. In addition, saikosaponin A restored the dsyregulation of HPA axis and neuroinflammation in rats exposed to CUMS. Moreover, saikosaponin A promoted BDNF-TrkB signaling in the hippocampus. This study demonstrates that saikosaponin A produced the antidepressant-like effects in rats, which may be mediated by restoration of neuroendocrine, neuroinflammation and neurotrophic systems in the hippocampus during perimenopausal.


Chronic unpredictable mild stress; Neuroendocrine; Neuroinflammation; Neurotrophin; Perimenopausal depression; Saikosaponin A.


Saikosaponin A Attenuates Perimenopausal Depression-Like Symptoms by Chronic Unpredictable Mild Stress


Xue-Qin Chen 1 , Shu-Jiao Chen 2 , Wen-Na Liang 3 , Miao Wang 3 , Cheng-Fu Li 4 , Shuang-Shuang Wang 5 , Shu-Qi Dong 5 , Li-Tao Yi 6 , Can-Dong Li 7

Publish date

2018 Jan 1

Description :

Saikosaponin A is an active component of Bupleurum falcatum, up-regulates LXRα expression, with potent anti-inflammatory activity[1].