Forskolin --- Adenylyl Cyclase Activator

Catalog No. size PriceQuantity
M60024-5S 5 mg solid $79
M60024-10S 10 mg solid $328
M60024-2S 2mg solid $85


Forskolin is a small molecule activator of adenylate cyclase (EC50~5-10 µM) in a rapid and reversible manner, to increase the intracellular levels of cAMP. Forskolin is used in many stem cell differentiation conditions, such as potentiating neuronal differentiation.

Product information

CAS Number: 66428-89-5

Molecular Weight: 410.50

Formula: C22H34O7

Chemical Name: (3R,4aR,5S,6S,6aS,10S,10aR,10bS)-6,10,10b-trihydroxy-3,4a,7,7,10a-pentamethyl-1-oxo-3-vinyldodecahydro-1H-benzo[f]chromen-5-yl acetat

Smiles: CC1(C)CC[C@H](O)[C@@]2(C)[C@H]1[C@H](O)[C@H](OC(C)=O)[C@@]1(C)O[C@](C)(CC(=O)[C@@]12O)C=C


InChi: InChI=1S/C22H34O7/c1-8-19(5)11-14(25)22(27)20(6)13(24)9-10-18(3,4)16(20)15(26)17(28-12(2)23)21(22,7)29-19/h8,13,15-17,24,26-27H,1,9-11H2,2-7H3/t13-,15-,16-,17-,19-,20-,21+,22-/m0/s1

Technical Data

Appearance: Solid Power.

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

Solubility: DMSO up to 100 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: ≥12 months 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:

Forskolin is used at 10-50 µM final concentration in cell cultures.

In Vivo:

Forskolin lowered blood pressure in hypertensive rats by 10 mg/kg oral dosing once per day.


  1. Kenneth Seamon, et al. Forskolin: Unique diterpene activator of adenylate cyclase in membranes and in intact cells. (1981) PNAS Vol. 78, No. 6, pp. 3363-3367.
  2. Hedin L. et al. Forskolin effects on the cAMP system and steroidogenesis in the immature rat ovary. (1983) Mol Cell Endocrinol 33: 69-80.
  3. Kilmer SL, et al. Forskolin activation of adenylate cyclase in vivo stimulates nerve regeneration. (1984) Nature. 307(5950):455-7.
  4. Son H. et al. Pairing of forskolin and KCl increases differentiation of immortalized hippocampal neurons in a CREB Serine 133 phosphorylation-dependent and extracellular-regulated protein kinase-independent manner. (2001) Neurosci Lett 308: 37-40.

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