Kahweol

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Kahweol
Kahweol.svg
Names
IUPAC name
(3bS,5aS,7R,8R,10aR,10bS)-3b,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,10a,10b-Decahydro-7-hydroxy-10b-methyl-5a,8-Methano-5aH-cyclohepta(5,6)naphtho(2,1-b)furan-7-methanol
Identifiers
3D model (JSmol)
ChemSpider
Properties
C20H26O3
Molar mass 314.42 g/mol
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Kahweol is a diterpenoid molecule found in the beans of Coffea arabica. It is structurally related to cafestol. It gets its name from the Arabic word "A-hah-wa", from which "coffee" derives. In French, it's evolved into the slang word "kawa", to designate coffee.

Recent research suggests that kahweol may have beneficial effects on bone by inhibiting osteoclast differentiation.[1] Another recent study confirmed that kahweol has anti-inflammatory and anti-angiogenic effects, offering a possible mechanism for the association found in epidemiological studies between consumption of unfiltered coffee and decreased risk of cancer.[2]

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  1. ^ Fumimoto R, Sakai E, Yamaguchi Y, Sakamoto H, Fukuma Y, Nishishita K, Okamoto K, Tsukuba T (Mar 2012). "The Coffee Diterpene Kahweol Prevents Osteoclastogenesis via Impairment of NFATc1 Expression and Blocking of Erk Phosphorylation". J Pharmacol Sci. 118 (4): 479–86. doi:10.1254/jphs.11212FP. PMID 22447306. 
  2. ^ Cárdenas C, Quesada AR, Medina MA (Aug 2011). "Anti-angiogenic and anti-inflammatory properties of kahweol, a coffee diterpene". PLoS ONE. 6 (8): e23407. doi:10.1371/JOURNAL.PONE.0023407. PMC 3153489Freely accessible. PMID 21858104.  open access publication – free to read