Key features and details
- Cell-permeable activator of AMP-activated protein kinase
- CAS Number: 2627-69-2
- Soluble in water to 50 mM and in DMSO to 100 mM (with heating)
- Form / State: Solid
- Source: Synthetic
Product nameAICAR (Acadesine/AICA riboside), AMPK activator
DescriptionCell-permeable activator of AMP-activated protein kinase
- AICA riboside
Cell-permeable activator of AMP-activated protein kinase. Is taken up into cells by adenosine transporters and phosphorylated by adenosine kinase to the active nucleotide ZMP (5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleoside), which mimics effects of AMP on the AMPK system. Active in vivo and in vitro.
Also available in simple stock solutions (ab146713) - add 1 ml of water to get an exact, ready-to-use concentration.
Storage instructionsStore at -20°C. Store under desiccating conditions. The product can be stored for up to 12 months.
Solubility overviewSoluble in water to 50 mM and in DMSO to 100 mM (with heating)
Wherever possible, you should prepare and use solutions on the same day. However, if you need to make up stock solutions in advance, we recommend that you store the solution as aliquots in tightly sealed vials at -20°C. Generally, these will be useable for up to one month. Before use, and prior to opening the vial we recommend that you allow your product to equilibrate to room temperature for at least 1 hour.
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The Abpromise guarantee
Our Abpromise guarantee covers the use of ab120358 in the following tested applications.
The application notes include recommended starting dilutions; optimal dilutions/concentrations should be determined by the end user.
Use at an assay dependent concentration.
Use at an assay dependent concentration.
2D chemical structure image of ab120358, AICAR (Acadesine/AICA riboside), AMPK activator
ab39400 staining AMPK alpha 1 (phospho S496) in HepG2 cells treated with AICAR (ab120358), by ICC/IF. Increase in AMPK alpha 1 (phospho S496) expression correlates with increased concentration of AICAR, as described in literature.
The cells were incubated at 37°C for 1h in media containing different concentrations of ab120358 (AICAR) in DMSO, fixed with 4% formaldehyde for 10 minutes at room temperature and blocked with PBS containing 10% goat serum, 0.3 M glycine, 1% BSA and 0.1% tween for 2h at room temperature. Staining of the treated cells with ab39400 (5 µg/ml) was performed overnight at 4°C in PBS containing 1% BSA and 0.1% tween. A DyLight 488 goat anti-rabbit polyclonal antibody (ab96899) at 1/250 dilution was used as the secondary antibody. Nuclei were counterstained with DAPI and are shown in blue.
T24 (transitional cell carcinoma) and UMUC-3 cells were pre-incubated with G9a activator AICAR (1mM, ab120358) for 4 h and then treated with BIX-01294 (1.5 μM) for 24h. The levels of p-AMPKα, p-mTOR and LC-3 I/II was examined.
Credit: Li F et al. PLoS One. 2015; 10(9): e0138390. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138390
To our knowledge, customised protocols are not required for this product. Please try the standard protocols listed below and let us know how you get on.
ab120358 has been referenced in 15 publications.
- Sternlieb T et al. An AMP-activated protein kinase complex with two distinctive alpha subunits is involved in nutritional stress responses in Trypanosoma cruzi. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 15:e0009435 (2021). PubMed: 34029334
- Gao P et al. Inhibition of Mitochondrial Calcium Overload by SIRT3 Prevents Obesity- or Age-Related Whitening of Brown Adipose Tissue. Diabetes 69:165-180 (2020). PubMed: 31712319
- Gong Y et al. Metformin Inhibits Tumor Metastasis through Suppressing Hsp90a Secretion in an AMPKa1-PKC? Dependent Manner. Cells 9:N/A (2020). PubMed: 31936169
- Hawley SA et al. Mechanism of Activation of AMPK by Cordycepin. Cell Chem Biol 27:214-222.e4 (2020). PubMed: 31991096
- Ji R et al. Electric field down-regulates CD9 to promote keratinocytes migration through AMPK pathway. Int J Med Sci 17:865-873 (2020). PubMed: 32308539