Biochanin A

Biochanin A
Biochanin A molecule
IUPAC name
Other names
Biochanine A
Genistein 4-methyl ether
491-80-5 YesY
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ChEBI CHEBI:17574 YesY
ChEMBL ChEMBL131921 YesY
ChemSpider 4444068 YesY
ECHA InfoCard 100.007.041
KEGG C00814 YesY
PubChem 5280373
Molar mass 284.27 g·mol−1
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Biochanin A is an O-methylated isoflavone. It is a natural organic compound in the class of phytochemicals known as flavonoids. Biochanin A can be found in red clover [1] in soy, in alfalfa sprouts, in peanuts, in chickpea (Cicer arietinum) and in other legumes.

Biochanin A is classified as a phytoestrogen and has putative benefits in dietary cancer prophylaxis. It has also been found to be a weak inhibitor of fatty acid amide hydrolase in vitro.[2]


The enzyme biochanin-A reductase uses dihydrobiochanin A and NADP+ to produce biochanin A, NADPH, and H+. The enzyme isoflavone-7-O-beta-glucoside 6"-O-malonyltransferase uses malonyl-CoA and biochanin A 7-O-β-D-glucoside to produce CoA and biochanin A 7-O-(6-O-malonyl-β-D-glucoside).

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  1. Medjakovic, S.; Jungbauer, A. (2008). "Red clover isoflavones biochanin A and formononetin are potent ligands of the human aryl hydrocarbon receptor". The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 108 (1–2): 171–177. doi:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2007.10.001. PMID 18060767.
  2. Thors L, Burston JJ, Alter BJ, McKinney MK, Cravatt BF, Ross RA, Pertwee RG, Gereau RW, Wiley JL, Fowler CJ (2010). "Biochanin A, a naturally occurring inhibitor of fatty acid amide hydrolase". British Journal of Pharmacology. 160 (3): 549–560. doi:10.1111/j.1476-5381.2010.00716.x. PMC 2931556Freely accessible. PMID 20590565.
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