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Zearalenone (Zearalanol, Zearanol, Mycotoxin F2, Toxin F2, RAL)


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Zearalenone is a phenolic resorcyclic acid lactone and can be produced by a number of species of Fusarium known to colonize cereals. Zearalenone (6-[10-hydroxy-6-oxo-trans-1-undecenyl]-b-resorcyclic acid lactone), also known as F-2 toxin, is an estrogenic mycotoxin that is produced by Fusarium graminearum. This fungus can infect cereal grains and can elaborate large quantities of zearalenone.
Catalog #Z0400-10B
Zearalenone is a naturally occurring estrogen, recognized as causing hormonal effects in animal species such as the pig. The association between zearalenone exposure and human diseases remains speculative at present; it has been considered as a possible causative agent in outbreaks of precocious pubertal changes in young children and has been suggested to have a possible involvement in human cervical cancer.
SolubilityLimited solubility in water (~0.002g/100ml). Slightly soluble in hexane and progressively more in benzene, acetonitrile, dichloromethane, methanol, acetone. Produceds a clear, colorless solution at 5mg/ml in methanol.
Melting Point 167°C
Lambda max (MeOH) 235, 274, 313 nm
ApplicationsThe resorcylic acid lactones have estrogenic activity. Zearalenone and its derivates have been used as veterinary anabolic or estrogen substitutes.
Storage and StabilityLyophilized powder may be stored at -20°C. Stale for 12 months. Reconstitute with methanol. Aliquot and store at -20°C. Reconstituted product is stable for 6 months at -20°C. For maximum recovery of product, centrifuge the original vial after thawing and prior to removing the cap. Further dilutions can be made in assay buffer.
CAS Number17924-92-4
Molecular FormulaC18H22O5
Molecular Weight318.4
SourceGiberella zeae.
Purity~ 98% by TLC, HPLC
FormSupplied as a white to off-white powder
Important NoteThis product as supplied is intended for research use only, not for use in human, therapeutic or diagnostic applications without the expressed written authorization of United States Biological.
Alternate namesMycotoxin F2, Toxin F2

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