Cucurbitacin I

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M11716-2 2mg solid $590
M11716-10 10mg solid $2,360


Cucurbitacin I is a natural selective inhibitor of JAK2/STAT3, with potent anti-cancer activity.

Product information

CAS Number: 2222-07-3

Molecular Weight: 514.65

Formula: C30H42O7


Elatericin B



Chemical Name: (1R, 2R, 3aS, 3bS, 9aR, 9bR, 11aR)-1-[(2R, 4E)-2, 6-dihydroxy-6-methyl-3-oxohept-4-en-2-yl]-2, 8-dihydroxy-3a, 6, 6, 9b, 11a-pentamethyl-1H, 2H, 3H, 3aH, 3bH, 4H, 6H, 7H, 9aH, 9bH, 10H, 11H, 11aH-cyclopenta[a]phenanthrene-7, 10-dione

Smiles: CC(C)(O)/C=C/C(=O)[C@](C)(O)[C@H]1[C@H](O)C[C@@]2(C)[C@@H]3CC=C4[C@@H](C=C(O)C(=O)C4(C)C)[C@]3(C)C(=O)C[C@@]21C


InChi: InChI=1S/C30H42O7/c1-25(2,36)12-11-21(33)30(8,37)23-19(32)14-27(5)20-10-9-16-17(13-18(31)24(35)26(16,3)4)29(20,7)22(34)15-28(23,27)6/h9,11-13,17,19-20,23,31-32,36-37H,10,14-15H2,1-8H3/b12-11+/t17-,19-,20+,23+,27+,28-,29+,30+/m1/s1

Technical Data

Appearance: Solid Power

Purity: ≥98% (or refer to the Certificate of Analysis)

Solubility: DMSO : ≥ 100 mg/mL (194.31 mM)

Shipping Condition: Shipped under ambient temperature as non-hazardous chemical or refer to Certificate of Analysis

Storage Condition: Dry, dark and -20 oC for 1 year or refer to the Certificate of Analysis.

Shelf Life: ≥360 days if stored properly.

Stock Solution Storage: 0 - 4 oC for 1 month or refer to the Certificate of Analysis.

Drug Formulation: To be determined

HS Tariff Code: 382200

How to use

In Vitro:

Exposure of the COLO205 cells to Cucurbitacin I significantly decreases cell viability. The anticancer activity of Cucurbitacin I is accomplished by downregulating p-STAT3 and MMP-9 expression. PE-induced cell enlargement and upregulation of ANF and β-MHC are significantly suppressed by pretreatment of the cardiomyocytes with Cucurbitacin I. Notably, Cucurbitacin I also impaires connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and MAPK signaling, pro-hypertrophic factors, as well as TGF-β/Smad signaling, the important contributing factors to fibrosis. Incubation of the Seax cell line with the Jak/Stat3 inhibitor Cucurbitacin I result in a time- and concentration-dependent decrease of P-Stat3 and Stat3. In freshly isolated Sz cells (n=3), Cucurbitacin I induces a concentration-dependent decrease in Stat3 expression whereas P-Stat3 is undetectable. Finally, incubation of freshly isolated Sz cells (n=4) with 30 μM Cucurbitacin I for 6 hours induces apoptosis in the large majority (73-91%) of tumor cells.

In Vivo:

No major side effects are noted throughout the study. It is shown that average tumor volumes at the end of the study are as follows: control, 616 mm3 (±130); CQ, 580 mm3 (±107); Cucurbitacin I, 346mm3 (±79); and combination, 220mm3 (±62). The differences in tumor volume between the Cucurbitacin I and control, combination and control, and combination and Cucurbitacin I arms are significant. Furthermore, combination-treated tumors exhibit a significantly lower average tumor weight at study termination than the control. Moreover, there was no effect on the body weights of mice.


  1. Song J, et al. Cucurbitacin I inhibits cell migration and invasion and enhances chemosensitivity in colon cancer. Oncol Rep. 2015 Apr;33(4):1867-71.
  2. van Kester MS, et al. Cucurbitacin I inhibits Stat3 and induces apoptosis in Sézary cells. J Invest Dermatol. 2008 Jul;128(7):1691-5.
  3. Jeong MH, et al. Cucurbitacin I Attenuates Cardiomyocyte Hypertrophy via Inhibition of Connective Tissue Growth Factor (CCN2) and TGF- β/Smads Signalings. PLoS One. 2015 Aug 21;10(8):e0136236.
  4. Yuan G, et al. Cucurbitacin I induces protective autophagy in glioblastoma in vitro and in vivo. J Biol Chem. 2014 Apr 11;289(15):10607-19.

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