ZLN005 --- PGC-1α Transcriptional Activator

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ZLN005 is a potent and selective small molecule PGC-1α transcriptional activator. It stimulates the expression of PGC-1α and downstream genes in skeletal muscle cells, improving glucose utilization and fatty acid oxidation. Chronic oral administration of ZLN005 at 15 mg/kg per day to diabetic db/db mice increased PGC-1α and downstream gene transcription in skeletal muscle, increasing fat oxidation and improving glucose tolerance, pyruvate tolerance, and insulin sensitivity. PGC-1α is a tissue-specific and inducible transcriptional coactivator for several nuclear receptors and plays a key role in energy metabolism, hepatic gluconeogenesis, and cholesterol homoeostasis. ZLN005 is a useful chemical probe to study this target.

Product information

CAS Number: 49671-76-3

Molecular Weight: 250.34

Formula: C17H18N2




Chemical Name: 2-(4-(tert-butyl)phenyl)-1H-benzo[d]imidazole

Smiles: CC(C)(C)C1C=CC(=CC=1)C1NC2=CC=CC=C2N=1


InChi: InChI=1S/C17H18N2/c1-17(2,3)13-10-8-12(9-11-13)16-18-14-6-4-5-7-15(14)19-16/h4-11H,1-3H3,(H,18,19)

Technical Data

Appearance: white to off-white solid powder

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

Solubility: DMSO up to 100 mM

Shipping Condition: Room temperature in continental US; may vary elsewhere.

Storage Condition: -20oCfor 3 years; 4oC 2 years

Shelf Life: ≥36 months if stored properly.

Stock Solution Storage: -80°C for 6 months -20°C for 1 month

Drug Formulation: This drug may be formulated in DMSO

HS Tariff Code: 2934.99.9001

How to use

In Vitro:

ZLN005 was used at 10-20 µM final concentration in various in vitro assays.

In Vivo:

ZLN005 was orally administrated in db/db mice at 15 mg/kg once per day for 6 weeks.


  1. Zhang LN, et al. Novel small-molecule PGC-1α transcriptional regulator with beneficial effects on diabetic db/db mice. (2013) Diabetes. 62(4):1297-307.

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