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    Catalog No.CFN99563Purity>=98%
    Molecular Weight320.32Type of CompoundAlkaloids
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    Description: Coptisine is an efficient uncompetitive IDO inhibitor with a Ki value of 5.8 μM and an IC50 value of 6.3 μM, it can consequently prevent neuron loss, reduce amyloid plaque formation, and ameliorate impaired cognition, it could as a potential new class of drugs for AD treatment. Coptisine has cardioprotection, anti- hypercholesterolemia, anti-fungal, anti-osteosarcoma, anti-hepatoma and anti-leukaemia activities, it also has antispasmodic and relaxant activity on a guinea-pig ileum.
    Targets: LDL | P450 (e.g. CYP17) | CDK | Bcl-2/Bax | Caspase | IL Receptor | ROCK | TNF-α | Rho | IDO
    In vitro:
    J Appl Microbiol. 2009 Oct;107(4):1072-80.
    Investigation of the anti-fungal activity of coptisine on Candida albicans growth by microcalorimetry combined with principal component analysis.[Pubmed: 19426275]
    This study investigated the anti-fungal activity of Coptisine on Candida albicans growth.
    The metabolic power-time curves of Candida albicans growth at 37 degrees C affected by Coptisine were measured by microcalorimetry using an LKB-2277 Bioactivity Monitor with stop-flow mode. Then, the diameter of inhibitory zones in the agar layer was observed using agar cup method, and the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of Coptisine on Candida albicans growth was determined by serial dilution method. From the principal component analysis on nine quantitative parameters obtained from the power-time curves, we could easily evaluate the anti-fungal activity of Coptisine by analysing the change of values of the main two parameters, growth rate constant k and maximum power output in the log phase P(m, log). The results showed that Coptisine had strong anti-fungal activity: at a low concentration (45 microg ml(-1)) began to inhibit the growth of Candida albicans and at a high concentration (500 microg ml(-1)) completely inhibited Candida albicans growth. Coptisine gave big inhibitory zones with diameters between 11 and 43 mm within test range, and the MIC of it was 1000 microg ml(-1).
    Coptisine had strong anti-fungal activity on Candida albicans growth. The method of microcalorimetry applied for the assay of anti-fungal activity of Coptisine was quantitative, sensitive and simple. This work will provide useful information for the development of chemical biology policy in the use of anti-microbials in food and drug production.
    Planta Med. 1998 Dec;64(8):758-60.
    Antispasmodic and relaxant activity of chelidonine, protopine, coptisine, and Chelidonium majus extracts on isolated guinea-pig ileum.[Pubmed: 9933996 ]
    Two ethanolic dry extracts from the herb Chelidonium majus L. with a defined content of the main alkaloids (chelidonine, protopine, and coptisisine) and the alkaloids themselves were studied in three different antispasmodic test models on isolated ileum of guinea-pigs.
    In the BaCl2-stimulated ileum, chelidonine and protopine exhibited the known papaverine-like musculotropic action, whereas Coptisine (up to 3.0 x 10(-5) g/ml) was ineffective in this model. Both extracts were active with 53.5% and 49.0% relaxation at 5 x 10(-4) g/ml. The carbachol and the electric field stimulated contractions were antagonized by all three alkaloids. Coptisine showed competitive antagonist behaviour with a pA2 value of 5.95. Chelidonine and protopine exhibited a certain degree of non-competitive antagonism. In the electric field the antagonist activities decreased in the order protopine > Coptisine > chelidonine. The concentrations of the chelidonium herb extracts for 50% inhibition of the carbachol and electrical field induced spasms were in the range of 2.5 to 5 x 10(-4) g/ml.
    In vivo:
    Lipids. 2015 Feb;50(2):185-94.
    The safety and anti-hypercholesterolemic effect of coptisine in Syrian golden hamsters.[Pubmed: 25547428]
    Current work was conducted to evaluate the cholesterol-lowering effect of Coptisine extracted from Rhizoma coptidis in Syrian golden hamsters. The safety results indicated that Coptisine was a safe and low-toxic compound.
    Coptisine showed a beneficial effect in the abnormal serum lipid levels induced by a high-fat and high-cholesterol diet (HFHC): at a concentration of 70.05 mg/kg, Coptisine significantly led to a decrease in total cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) levels by 26.70, 15.38, and 22.22 %, respectively, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c) was increased by 41.74 % in serum of hamsters (p < 0.01). In addition, total bile acid (TBA) levels in feces of hamsters were elevated after Coptisine administration. Further investigation has suggested that the mRNA and protein expression of 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGCR) in the liver of hamsters was down-regulated by high-dosage Coptisine treatment (p < 0.05); mRNA and protein expression of low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) and cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase (CYP7A1) were dramatically up-regulated by Coptisine administration. The apical sodium-dependent bile salt transporter expression was down-regulated in the Coptisine-treated animals, but showed no significant differences from the HFHC groups. Taken together, our results demonstrate that a high dosage of Coptisine could inhibit cholesterol synthesis via suppressing the HMGCR expression and promoting the use and excretion of cholesterol via up-regulating LDLR and CYP7A1 expression.
    These findings suggest a critical role for Coptisine in anti- hypercholesterolemia, and thus it needs to be considered as a potential natural cholesterol lowering agent.
    Toxicol Lett. 2014 May 2;226(3):328-36.
    Unraveling the novel anti-osteosarcoma function of coptisine and its mechanisms.[Pubmed: 24607417]
    Uncontrolled cell proliferation and robust angiogenesis play critical roles in osteosarcoma growth and metastasis. In this study we explored novel agents derived from traditional Chinese medicinal herbs that potently inhibit osteosarcoma growth and metastasis.
    Coptisine, an active component of the herb Coptidis rhizoma, markedly inhibited aggressive osteosarcoma cell proliferation. Coptisine induced cell cycle arrest at the G0/G1 phase through downregulation of CDK4 and cyclin D1 expression and effectively suppressed tumor growth in a xenografted mouse model. Coptisine significantly impeded osteosarcoma cell migration, invasion, and capillary-like network formation by decreasing the expression of VE-cadherin and integrin ß3, and diminishing STAT3 phosphorylation. Coptisine significantly elevated blood erythrocyte and hemoglobin levels while still remaining within the normal range. It also moderately increased white blood cell and platelet counts.
    These data suggest that Coptisine exerts a strong anti-osteosarcoma effect with very low toxicity and is a potential anti-osteosarcoma drug candidate.
    Coptisine Description
    Source: The herbs of Chelidonium majus L.
    Solvent: Chloroform, Dichloromethane, Ethyl Acetate, DMSO, Acetone, etc.
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    Calculate Dilution Ratios(Only for Reference)
    1 mg 5 mg 10 mg 20 mg 25 mg
    1 mM 3.1219 mL 15.6094 mL 31.2188 mL 62.4376 mL 78.047 mL
    5 mM 0.6244 mL 3.1219 mL 6.2438 mL 12.4875 mL 15.6094 mL
    10 mM 0.3122 mL 1.5609 mL 3.1219 mL 6.2438 mL 7.8047 mL
    50 mM 0.0624 mL 0.3122 mL 0.6244 mL 1.2488 mL 1.5609 mL
    100 mM 0.0312 mL 0.1561 mL 0.3122 mL 0.6244 mL 0.7805 mL
    * Note: If you are in the process of experiment, it's need to make the dilution ratios of the samples. The dilution data of the sheet for your reference. Normally, it's can get a better solubility within lower of Concentrations.
    Kinase Assay:
    J Alzheimers Dis. 2015;43(1):291-302.
    The IDO inhibitor coptisine ameliorates cognitive impairment in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.[Pubmed: 25079795]
    Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), the first and rate-limiting enzyme in the kynurenine pathway (KP) of tryptophan catabolism, was recently established as one of the potential players involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Coptisine is a main pharmacological active constituent of the traditional Chinese medicinal prescription Oren-gedoku-to (OGT) which has therapeutic potential for the treatment of AD. Our recent studies have demonstrated that OGT significantly inhibited recombinant human IDO activity, which shed light on the possible mechanism of OGT's action on AD.
    Here, we characterized the effects of Coptisine in an AD mouse model on the basis of its IDO inhibitory ability. Coptisine was found to be an efficient uncompetitive IDO inhibitor with a Ki value of 5.8 μM and an IC50 value of 6.3 μM. In AβPP/PS1 transgenic mice, oral administration of Coptisine inhibited IDO in the blood and decreased the activation of microglia and astrocytes, consequently prevented neuron loss, reduced amyloid plaque formation, and ameliorated impaired cognition. Neuronal pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells induced with amyloid-β peptide 1-42 and interferon-γ showed reduction of cell viability and enhancement of IDO activity, while Coptisine treatment increased cell viability based on its reversal effect on the enhanced activity of IDO.
    In conclusion, our present findings provide further evidence supporting the critical links between IDO, KP, and AD, and demonstrate Coptisine, a novel IDO inhibitor, as a potential new class of drugs for AD treatment.
    Cell Research:
    Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2004 Jan-Feb;31(1-2):65-9.
    Cytotoxic effects of Coptis chinensis and Epimedium sagittatum extracts and their major constituents (berberine, coptisine and icariin) on hepatoma and leukaemia cell growth.[Pubmed: 14756686]
    1. The present study was conducted to evaluate the cytotoxic effects of Coptis chinensis and Epimedium sagittatum extracts and their major constituents on hepatoma and leukaemia cells in vitro.
    2. Four human liver cancer cell lines, namely HepG2, Hep3B, SK-Hep1 and PLC/PRF/5, and four leukaemia cell lines, namely K562, U937, P3H1 and Raji, were used in the present study. 3. Of the two crude drugs, C. chinensis exhibited the strongest activity against SK-Hep1 (IC50 = 7 microg/mL) and Raji (IC50 = 4 microg/mL) cell lines. The IC50 values for C. chinensis on HepG2, Hep3B and PLC/PRF/5 cell lines were 20, 55 and 35 microg/mL, respectively. The IC50 values for C. chinensis on K562, U937 and P3H1 cell lines were 29, 29 and 31 microg/mL, respectively. 4. With the exception of HepG2 and Hep3B, the E. sagittatum extract inhibited the proliferation of all cell lines (SK-Hep1, PLC/PRF/5, K562, U937, P3H1 and Raji), with IC50 values of 15, 57, 74, 221, 40 and 80 microg/mL, respectively. 5. Interestingly, the two major compounds of C. chinensis, berberine and Coptisine, showed a strong inhibition on the proliferation of both hepatoma and leukaemia cell lines, with IC50 values varying from 1.4 to 15.2 microg/mL and from 0.6 to 14.1 microg/mL, respectively. However, icariin (the major compound of E. sagittatum) showed no inhibition of either the hepatoma or leukaemia cell lines.
    6. The results of the present study suggest that the C. chinensis extract and its major constituents berberine and Coptisine possess active antihepatoma and antileukaemia activities.
    Animal Research:
    Atherosclerosis. 2013 Dec;231(2):384-91.
    Coptisine protects rat heart against myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury by suppressing myocardial apoptosis and inflammation.[Pubmed: 24267256]
    Protecting the heart from myocardial ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) damage is the focus of intense research. Coptisine is an isoquinoline alkaloid isolated from Coptidis Rhizoma. The present study investigated the potential effect of Coptisine on myocardial I/R damage in rats and the underlying mechanisms.
    Electrocardiogram examination showed that the administration of Coptisine 10 min before ischemia significantly decreased I/R-induced arrhythmia after 30 min ischemia followed by 3 h reperfusion. The release of cardiac markers was also limited. Echocardiography was performed before ischemia and 24 h post-I/R, separately. The M-mode records showed that the reductions of ejection fraction (EF) and fractional shortening (FS) were attenuated in Coptisine-treated rats compared with the I/R rats. Similar results were obtained with Evans Blue/triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining, in which Coptisine notably reduced infarct size. Moreover, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay demonstrated Coptisine suppressed myocardial apoptosis, which may be related to the upregulation of Bcl-2 protein and inhibition of caspase-3 activation. Coptisine treatment also attenuated the proinflammatory cytokines including interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α in heart tissue. Additionally, Western blot and immunohistochemical analysis showed that Coptisine markedly reduced Rho, Rho-kinase 1 (ROCK1), and ROCK2 expression and attenuated the phosphorylation of myosin phosphatase targeting subunit-1, a downstream target of ROCK.
    Coptisine exerts pronounced cardioprotection in rats subjected to myocardial I/R likely through suppressing myocardial apoptosis and inflammation by inhibiting the Rho/ROCK pathway.