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IUPAC name
3-Hydroxy-9β,13α-dimethyl-2-oxo-24,25,26-trinoroleana-1(10),3,5,7-tetraen-29-oic acid
Other names
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.164.266
Molar mass 450.62 g·mol−1
Appearance Crystalline solid
Melting point 213 °C (415 °F; 486 K)[1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

Celastrol (tripterine) is a chemical compound isolated from the root extracts of Tripterygium wilfordii (Thunder god vine) and Celastrus regelii. Celastrol is a pentacyclic triterpenoid and belongs to the family of quinone methides.

In in vitro and in vivo animal experiments, celastrol exhibits antioxidant,[2] anti-inflammatory,[3][4] anticancer,[5][6][7][8] and insecticidal [9] activities. It has been shown to have obesity-controlling effects in mice.[10][11] Celastrol has also shown to possess (by inhibition of NF-κB in the hypothalamus[12]) anti-diabetic effects on diabetic nephropathy and improve whole-body insulin resistance[13][14]


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