synthetic, ≥95% (HPLC), crystalline

Axerophthol, Vitamin A alcohol, Vitamin A1, Vitamin A, all-trans-3,7-Dimethyl-9-(2,6,6-trimethyl-1-cyclohexen-1-yl)-2,4,6,8-nonatetraen-1-ol
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biological source



≥95% (HPLC)




HPLC: suitable


faint yellow to very dark yellow


61-63 °C (lit.)

ε (extinction coefficient)

2700 u/mg at 326 nm in isopropanol

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General description

Retinol or vitamin A alcohol is the main circulating form of vitamin A. It is not biologically active. Retinol or all-trans-retinol is a 20-carbon molecule with cyclohexenyl ring, a side chain with four double bonds (in trans configuration), and an alcohol end group.


Retinol has been used:
  • for the synthesis of all-trans-retinoic acid in HepG2 cells
  • to study the effect of retinol on the growth of murine normal colonic cells cultured as organoids
  • as a standard for determination of vitamin A in cells
  • as a component of chemically defined medium for testis organ culture and spermatogenesis in vitro.


100, 250, 500 mg in ampule
1 g in ampule
Light protecting glass vial.
Bottomless glass bottle. Contents are inside inserted fused cone.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Retinol and its derivatives exhibit anti-aging properties. In addition, it also acts as an anti-wrinkle agent. However, due to its photoinstability and skin irritation potency, it is not widely used in cosmetic formulations. Retinol is used in the treatment of dermatoses including photoaging. Its deficiency is associated with the development of xerosis and follicular hyperkeratosis.
Retinol works as a precursor of active retinoids. It is converted to retinaldehyde and subsequently to retinoic acid. All-trans and 9-cis-retinoic acid are the ligands for nuclear receptors, retinoic acid receptors (RARs) and retinoid X receptors (RXRs). These receptors are transcriptional regulators of various genes.

Other Notes

Tandem Mass Spectrometry data independently generated by Scripps Center for Metabolomics is available to view or download in PDF. R7632.pdf Tested metabolites are featured on Scripps Center for Metabolomics METLIN Metabolite Database. To learn more, visit sigma.com/metlin.


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Insulin regulates retinol dehydrogenase expression and all-trans-retinoic acid biosynthesis through FoxO1.
Obrochta KM et al.
The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 290, 7259-7259 (2015)
Retinol Promotes In Vitro Growth of Proximal Colon Organoids through a Retinoic Acid-Independent Mechanism.
Matsumoto T et al.
PLoS ONE, 11, e0162049-e0162049 (2016)
Valproate ameliorates nitroglycerin-induced migraine in trigeminal nucleus caudalis in rats through inhibition of NF-?B.
Li Y et al.
The Journal of Headache and Pain, 17, 49-49 (2016)
Understanding the physiological role of retinol-binding protein in vitamin A metabolism using transgenic and knockout mouse models.
Quadro L et al.
Molecular Aspects of Medicine, 24, 421-421 (2003)
A newly synthesized photostable retinol derivative (retinyl N-formyl aspartamate) for photodamaged skin: profilometric evaluation of 24-week study
Lee MS, et al.
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 55(2), 220-224 (2006)
All-trans retinoic acid (RA, ATRA) is a pleiotropic activation factor that regulates genes associated with normal vertebrate cellular processes such as cell differentiation, cell proliferation, apoptosis, and embryonic development.
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