Latrunculin A

from sea sponge, ≥85% (HPLC), waxy solid

LAT-A, [1R-[1R*, 4Z, 8E, 10Z, 12S*, 15R*, 17R*(R*)]]-4-(17-Hydroxy-5,12-dimethyl-3-oxo-2,16-dioxabicyclo[13.3.1]nonadeca-4,8,10-trien-17-yl)-2-thiazolidinone
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biological source

sea sponge


≥85% (HPLC)


waxy solid

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DMSO: soluble
ethanol: soluble

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General description

Latrunculin A, a toxin extracted from the red sea sponge Latrunculia magnifica. It participates in vitro in the morphological alteration of the polymerization of pure actin. It forms a complex by binding with the nucleotide cleft of actin for actin filaments elongation.


Latrunculin A has been used as medium supplementation for A549 cells to determine the internalization mechanism of CAV9 in A549 human lung carcinoma cells.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Latrunculin A inhibits actin polymerization by a different mechanism than cytochalasins. Latrunculin A disrupts microfilament-mediated processes.

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dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


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M Coué et al.
FEBS letters, 213(2), 316-318 (1987-03-23)
Latrunculin A, a toxin purified from the red sea sponge Latrunculia magnifica, was found previously to induce striking reversible changes in the morphology of mammalian cells in culture and to disrupt the organization of their microfilaments. We now provide evidence...
Maureen Möckel et al.
Journal of virology, 93(16) (2019-05-31)
Dynamin GTPases, best known for their role in membrane fission of endocytic vesicles, provide a target for viruses to be exploited during endocytic uptake. Recently, we found that entry of herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) into skin cells depends on...
Keiichiro Kushiro et al.
Scientific reports, 7(1), 4244-4244 (2017-06-28)
During metastasis, cancer cells are exposed to various three-dimensional microstructures within the body, but the relationship between cancer migration and three-dimensional geometry remain largely unclear. Here, such geometric effects on cancerous cells were investigated by characterizing the motility of various...
Peter J Wen et al.
Nature communications, 7, 12604-12604 (2016-09-01)
Vesicle fusion is executed via formation of an Ω-shaped structure (Ω-profile), followed by closure (kiss-and-run) or merging of the Ω-profile into the plasma membrane (full fusion). Although Ω-profile closure limits release but recycles vesicles economically, Ω-profile merging facilitates release but...
Zhanghan Wu et al.
Nature communications, 9(1), 136-136 (2018-01-13)
Immune cells exhibit stimulation-dependent traveling waves in the cortex, much faster than typical cortical actin waves. These waves reflect rhythmic assembly of both actin machinery and peripheral membrane proteins such as F-BAR domain-containing proteins. Combining theory and experiments, we develop...

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