Product overview

Name Theanine
Description Amino acid analog of Glutamine. Promotes hESC self-renewal.
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Biological Data

Biological description Amino acid analog of Glutamine. Also binds to NMDA glycine, kainate and AMPA receptors (IC50 vales are 347, 41.5 and 24.6 µM respectively). Blood brain barrier permeable and down regulates COX-2 expression. Displays antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. Also promotes hESC self-renewal.

Solubility & Handling

Storage instructions Room temperature
Solubility overview Soluble in water (100mM)
Important This product is for RESEARCH USE ONLY and is not intended for therapeutic or diagnostic use. Not for human or veterinary use.



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Chemical Data

Chemical name N-Ethyl-L-glutamine
Molecular Weight 174.2
Chemical structure Theanine  [3081-61-6] Chemical Structure
Molecular Formula C7H14N2O3
CAS Number 3081-61-6
PubChem identifier 439378

References for Theanine

References are publications that support the biological activity of the product
  • Theanine improves the function of dendritic cells via the downregulation of cyclooxygenase-2 expression.

    Lei M et al (2014) Chin Med J (Engl) 127(8) : 1545-9.
  • Cancer stem cells: potential target for bioactive food components.

    Kim YS et al (2012) J Nutr Biochem 23(7) : 691-8.
  • Inhibition by theanine of binding of [3H]AMPA, [3H]kainate, and [3H]MDL 105,519 to glutamate receptors.

    Kakuda T et al (2002) Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 66(12) : 2683-6.
  • Effect of theanine, r-glutamylethylamide, on brain monoamines and striatal dopamine release in conscious rats.

    Yokogoshi H et al (1998) Neurochem Res 23(5) : 667-73.

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