Dehydroabietic acid

≥95% (LC/MS-ELSD)

Abieta-8,11,13-trien-18-oic acid, Dehydroabietate
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≥95% (LC/MS-ELSD)



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General description

Dehydroabietic acid (DHA or DAA) is a bioactive phytochemical, diterpenoid found in various Pinus species. It is a resin acid and a derivative of abietic acid (AA).


Dehydroabietic acid has been used as a reference standard:
  • to study the aging process of Pinus resins using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • to study the composition changes in Pinus genus with aging using Raman spectroscopy complemented with infrared spectroscopy
  • to estimate resistance against biotic stress as proxy in chemical defenses in Pinus halepensis

Biochem/physiol Actions

Dehydroabietic acid (DHA) exerts various biological activities such as anti-cancer, anti-aging, antimicrobial, antiulcer, gastroprotective, and cytotoxic activities. It is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and a dual activator of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors alpha and gamma (PPAR α/γ). DHA has an anti-aging effect and a sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) activating compound. It has antibacterial properties against multidrug-resistant strains. dehydroabietic acid and its derivatives have gastroprotective and cytotoxic effects.


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Acute Tox. 3 Oral - Aquatic Acute 1 - Aquatic Chronic 1


6.1D - Non-combustible, acute toxic Cat.3 / toxic hazardous materials or hazardous materials causing chronic effects

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Estefanía Suárez-Vidal et al.
American journal of botany, 108(1), 102-112 (2021-01-30)
Persistence of tree populations in the face of global change relies on their capacity to respond to biotic and abiotic stressors through plastic or adaptive changes. Genetic adaptation will depend on the additive genetic variation within populations and the heritability...
Yong-Mei Cui et al.
Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters, 18(19), 5201-5205 (2008-09-16)
A series of dehydroabietic acid (DHAA, 2) derivatives was synthesized and evaluated as BK channel openers in an assay system of CHO-K1 cells expressing hBKalpha channels. Systematic modifications of the peripheral functionality of ring C of DHAA showed that the...
Daryl J Smith et al.
Journal of bacteriology, 186(11), 3631-3639 (2004-05-20)
Diterpenoids are naturally occurring plant compounds which have pharmaceutical properties. We have sequenced a 10.4-kbp extension of the dit cluster in Pseudomonas abietaniphila BKME-9, containing genes involved in abietane diterpenoid biodegradation. The ditQ gene was found to encode a cytochrome...
M Ruths et al.
Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 24(4), 1509-1516 (2007-12-19)
The effects of adhesion, contact area, and pressure on the lubricating properties of self-assembled monolayers on steel have been investigated with friction force microscopy. The adsorbed molecules were fatty acids with varying degrees of unsaturation (0-2 double bonds; stearic, oleic...
Beatriz Sepúlveda et al.
Pharmacological research, 52(5), 429-437 (2005-08-30)
Dehydroabietic acid derivatives have been reported to display antisecretory and antipepsin effect in animal models. Some 19 dehydroabietic acid diterpenes were prepared and assessed for gastroprotective activity in the HCl/EtOH-induced gastric lesions in mice as well as for cytotoxicity in...

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