Ethyl orsellinate

Ethyl orsellinate

$65.00 - 5 mg

$230.00 - 25 mg

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2,4-dihydrox-6-methylbenzoic acid ethyl ester; 6-methyl- beta-Resorcylic acid ethyl ester
Molecular Formula
Molecular Weight
>95% by HPLC
Long Term Storage
Soluble in ethanol, methanol, DMF or DMSO.

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Application Notes

Ethyl orsellinate, the ethyl ester of orsellinic acid, is a common lichen metabolite found in several lichen species, notably the commercial product, oakmoss, used in the perfume industry. Ethyl orsellinate has a broad range range of activities, including antibacterial, radical scavenger, in vitro antitumor and glycation inhibition. Ethyl orsellinate is a useful standard for bioassay and analytical techniques for dereplication of common co-metabolites.


  • Radical-scavenging activity of orsellinates. Lopes T.I.B. et al., Chem. Pharm. Bull. 2008, 56, 1551.
  • In vitro antitumour activity of orsellinates. Bogo D. et al., Zeit. Naturforschung, C: J. Biosci. 2010, 65, 43.
  • Isolation, characterization and antifungal activity of major constituents of the Himalayan lichen Parmelia reticulata Tayl. Goel M. et al., J. Agri. Food Chem. 2011, 59, 2299.
  • The antibacterial activity of compounds isolated from oakmoss against Legionella pneumophila and other Legionella spp. Nomura H. et al., Biol. Pharm. Bull. 2012, 35, 1560.

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