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Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor


Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR or AHR) is a cytoplasmic receptor and transcription factor that belongs to the family of basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors. The AhR is activated or inhibited by various types of exogenous and endogenous ligands. AhR is an important factor in immunity and tissue homeostasis, and structurally diverse compounds from the environment, diet, microbiome, and host metabolism can induce AhR activity, such as 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD).

Endogenous ligands include indigoids, heme metabolites, eicosanoids, tryptophan derivatives, and equilenin. Exogenous ligands include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, natural compounds, and small molecule compounds. The different structures and properties of AhR ligands mean that when they combine with AhR they have distinct biological effects.

Unliganded AHR is sequestered in the cytoplasm by chaperone proteins including Hsp90, AHR-interacting protein (AIP), and p23. Upon ligand binding, AHR translocates to the nucleus and heterodimerizes with ARNT. The AHR-ARNT complex regulates transcription by binding with high affinity to specific DNA sequences termed aryl hydrocarbon response elements located in the regulatory regions of target genes including CYP1A1, CYP1B1, and TIPARP.

Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Related Products (53):

Cat. No. Product Name Effect Purity
  • HY-12028
    Antagonist 99.94%
    PD98059 is a potent and selective MEK inhibitor with an IC50 of 5 µM. PD98059 binds to the inactive form of MEK, thereby preventing the activation of MEK1 (IC50 of 2-7 µM) and MEK2 (IC50 of 50 µM) by upstream kinases. PD98059 is a ERK1/2 signaling inhibitor. PD98059 is a ligand for the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), and suppresses TCDD binding (IC50 of 4 μM) and AHR transformation (IC50 of 1 μM). PD98059 also inhibits autophagy.
  • HY-12684
    Antagonist 99.60%
    CH-223191 is a potent and specific antagonist of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). CH-223191 inhibits TCDD-mediated nuclear translocation and DNA binding of AhR, and inhibits TCDD-induced luciferase activity with an IC50 of 0.03 μM.
  • HY-15484
    Pifithrin-α hydrobromide
    Agonist 98.05%
    Pifithrin-α hydrobromide is a p53 inhibitor which blocks its transcriptional activity and prevents cells from apoptosis. Pifithrin-α hydrobromide is also an aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonist.
  • HY-12451
    Agonist 99.42%
    FICZ is a potent aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonist with a Kd of 70 pM.
  • HY-104026
    Agonist 99.85%
    L-Kynurenine is a metabolite of the amino acid L-tryptophan. L-Kynurenine is an aryl hydrocarbon receptor agonist.
  • HY-W028393
    Indole-3-pyruvic acid
    Indole-3-pyruvic acid, a keto analogue of tryptophan, is an orally active AHR agonist. Indole-3-pyruvic acid has antioxidant properties, and can be used in the research of inflammation, anxiety.
  • HY-N8572
    Antagonist 98.76%
    3',4'-Dimethoxyflavone is a lipophilic flavone, can be isolated from the leaves of Primula veris. 3',4'-Dimethoxyflavone can reduce the synthesis and accumulation of PARP and protect cortical neurones against cell death induced by Parthanatos. 3',4'-Dimethoxyflavone is also an aryl hydrocarbon receptor antagonist in human breast cancer cells. 3',4'-Dimethoxyflavone can promote the proliferation of human hematopoietic stem cells. 3',4'-Dimethoxyflavone has various biological activities, including antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic, hypolipidaemic, and neuroprotective or neurotrophic effects.
  • HY-103222
    Modulator 98.01%
    DiMNF (3',4'-Dimethoxy-αNF) is a selective aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) modulator. DiMNF is a competitive AHR ligand (IC50 = 21 nM) with apparent antagonistic activity. DiMNF can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent.
  • HY-15001
    StemRegenin 1
    Antagonist 99.87%
    StemRegenin 1 is a potent aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) antagonist with IC50 of 127 nM.
  • HY-109044
    Agonist 99.95%
    Tapinarof (WBI-1001) is a natural aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonist with an EC50 of 13 nM. Tapinarof resolves skin inflammation in mice.
  • HY-19317
    Agonist 99.27%
    ITE is a potent endogenous agonist of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), binding directly to AHR, with a Ki of 3 nM. ITE also has immunosuppressive activity.
  • HY-102023
    Antagonist 99.90%
    GNF351 is a full aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) antagonist. GNF351 competes with a photoaffinity AHR ligand for binding to the AHR with an IC50 of 62 nM. GNF351 is minimal toxicity in mouse or human keratinocytes.
  • HY-N0178
    Agonist ≥98.0%
    Diosmin is a flavonoid found in a variety of citrus fruits and also an agonist of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR).
  • HY-135829
    BAY 2416964
    Antagonist 99.59%
    BAY 2416964 is a potent and orally active aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) antagonist extracted from patent WO2018146010A1, example 192, has an IC50 of 341 nM. BAY 2416964 has the potential for solid tumors treatment.
  • HY-N0170
    Agonist ≥98.0%
    Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) inhibits NF-κB activity and also is an Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonist, and an inhibitor of WWP1 (WW domain-containing ubiquitin E3 ligase 1).
  • HY-B0311
    Modulator ≥98.0%
    Carbidopa ((S)-(-)-Carbidopa), a peripheral decarboxylase inhibitor, can be used for the research of Parkinson's disease. Carbidopa is a selective aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) modulator. Carbidopa inhibits pancreatic cancer cell and tumor growth.
  • HY-135750
    Agonist 99.85%
    VAF347 is a cell permeable and highly affinity aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonist and induces AhR signaling. VAF347 inhibits the development of CD14+CD11b+ monocytes from granulo-monocytic (GM stage) precursors. VAF347 has anti-inflammatory effects.
  • HY-112629
    Antagonist 98.85%
    PDM2 is a selective, high-affinity aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) antagonist with an Ki of 1.2±0.4 nM.
  • HY-111449
    Antagonist 99.91%
    BAY-218 (AHR antagonist 1) is an aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) antagonist. BAY-218 has AHR inhibitory activity with an IC50 of 39.9 μM in in U87 glioblastoma cells. BAY-218 can be used for the research of cancer or conditions with dysregulated immune responses.
  • HY-W007355
    Activator 99.95%
    Skatole is produced by intestinal bacteria, regulates intestinal epithelial cellular functions through activating aryl hydrocarbon receptors and p38.