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  • InChI=1S/C14H12O2/c15-13-8-12(9-14(16)10-13)7-6-11-4-2-1-3-5-11/h1-10,15-16H/b7-6+ ☒N
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Molar mass 212.248 g·mol−1
Melting point 153 to 155 °C (307 to 311 °F; 426 to 428 K)
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Pinosylvin is a pre-infectious stilbenoid toxin that is synthetized in plants during fungal infections, ozone induced stress and physical damage for example.[1] It is a fungitoxin protecting the wood from fungal infection.[2] It is present in the heartwood of Pinaceae[1] and also found in Gnetum cleistostachyum.[3]

Injected in rats, pinosylvin shows a rapid glucuronidation and a poor bioavailability.[4]

Pinosylvin is solid and needle-like. It is very soluble on acetone, benzene and chloroform.[5]


Pinosylvin synthase is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

3 malonyl-CoA + cinnamoyl-CoA → 4 CoA + pinosylvin + 4 CO2

This biosynthesis is noteworthy because plant biosyntheses employing cinnamic acid as a starting point are rare compared to the more common use of p-coumaric acid. Only a few identified compounds, such as anigorufone and curcumin, use cinnamic acid as their start molecule.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Hovelstad, Hanne; Leirset, Ingebjorg; Oyaas, Karin; Fiksdahl, Anne (2006-01-31). "Screening analyses of pinosylvin stilbenes, resin acids and lignans in Norwegian conifers". Molecules (Basel, Switzerland). 11 (1): 103–114. CiteSeerX doi:10.3390/11010103. ISSN 1420-3049. PMC 6148674. PMID 17962750.
  2. ^ Lee, S. K.; Lee, H. J.; Min, H. Y.; Park, E. J.; Lee, K. M.; Ahn, Y. H.; Cho, Y. J.; Pyee, J. H. (March 2005). "Antibacterial and antifungal activity of pinosylvin, a constituent of pine". Fitoterapia. 76 (2): 258–260. doi:10.1016/j.fitote.2004.12.004. ISSN 0367-326X. PMID 15752644.
  3. ^ Yao, Chun-Suo; Lin, Mao; Liu, Xin; Wang, Ying-Hong (April 2005). "Stilbene derivatives from Gnetum cleistostachyum". Journal of Asian Natural Products Research. 7 (2): 131–137. doi:10.1080/10286020310001625102. ISSN 1028-6020. PMID 15621615.
  4. ^ Roupe, Kathryn A.; Yáñez, Jaime A.; Teng, Xiao Wei; Davies, Neal M. (November 2006). "Pharmacokinetics of selected stilbenes: rhapontigenin, piceatannol and pinosylvin in rats". The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 58 (11): 1443–1450. doi:10.1211/jpp.58.11.0004. ISSN 0022-3573. PMID 17132206.
  5. ^ M., Haynes, William (2014). "3". CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 95th Edition (95th ed.). Hoboken: CRC Press. p. 458. ISBN 9781482208689. OCLC 908078665.
  6. ^ Schmitt, B.; Hölscher, D.; Schneider, B. (February 2000). "Variability of phenylpropanoid precursors in the biosynthesis of phenylphenalenones in Anigozanthos preissii". Phytochemistry. 53 (3): 331–337. doi:10.1016/s0031-9422(99)00544-0. ISSN 0031-9422. PMID 10703053.
  7. ^ Kita, Tomoko; Imai, Shinsuke; Sawada, Hiroshi; Kumagai, Hidehiko; Seto, Haruo (July 2008). "The biosynthetic pathway of curcuminoid in turmeric (Curcuma longa) as revealed by 13C-labeled precursors". Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry. 72 (7): 1789–1798. doi:10.1271/bbb.80075. ISSN 1347-6947. PMID 18603793.