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Chemical structure of carnosol
3D model (JSmol)
Molar mass 330.424 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Carnosol is a phenolic diterpene found in the herbs rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)[1] and Mountain desert sage (Salvia pachyphylla).[2]

It has been studied in-vitro for anti-cancer effects in various cancer cell types.[3]

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  1. ^ Ai-Hsiang Lo; Yu-Chih Liang; Shoei-Yn Lin-Shiau; Chi-Tang Ho; Jen-Kun Lin (2002). "Carnosol, an antioxidant in rosemary, suppresses inducible nitric oxide synthase through down-regulating nuclear factor-κB in mouse macrophages". Carcinogenesis. 23 (6): 983–991. doi:10.1093/carcin/23.6.983. PMID 12082020.
  2. ^ Ivan C. Guerrero; Lucia S. Andres; Leticia G. Leon; Ruben P. Machin; Jose M. Padron; Javier G. Luis; Jose Delgadillo (2006). "Abietane Diterpenoids from Salvia pachyphylla and S. clevelandii with Cytotoxic Activity against Human Cancer Cell Lines". J. Nat. Prod. 69 (12): 1803–1805. doi:10.1021/np060279i. PMID 17190465.
  3. ^ Johnson JJ (June 2011). "Carnosol: a promising anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent". Cancer Lett. 305 (1): 1–7. doi:10.1016/j.canlet.2011.02.005. PMC 3070765. PMID 21382660.