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Chemical structure of isoxanthohumol.
IUPAC name
3D model (JSmol)
Molar mass 354.39 g/mol
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Isoxanthohumol is a prenylflavonoid, and it is a phytoestrogen. It is abbreviated as IX or IXN.

8-Prenylnaringenin can be produced from isoxanthohumol by flora in the human intestine,[1] and by fungi in cell cultures.[2]

This prenylflavonoid is found in hops and beer. It has limited estrogenic activity. At the concentration found in beer, it is unlikely to have an estrogenic effect in breast tissue.[3]

Derivatives of isoxanthohumol are: 7,4′-Di-O-methylisoxanthohumol; 7-O-methylisoxanthohumol; 7-O-n-pentylisoxanthohumol; 7,4′-di-O-n-pentyl-8-isoxanthohumol; 7,4′-Di-O-allylisoxanthohumol; 7,4′-Di-O-acetylisoxanthohumol; and 7,4′-Di-O-palmitoylisoxanthohumol.[4]

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  2. ^ Fu, Ming-Liang; Wang, Wei; Chen, Feng; Dong, Ya-Chen; Liu, Xiao-jie; Ni, Hui; Chen, Qi-he (2011). "Production of 8-Prenylnaringenin from Isoxanthohumol through Biotransformation by Fungi Cells". Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 59 (13): 7419–26. doi:10.1021/jf2011722. PMID 21634799. 
  3. ^ Bolca, Selin; Li, Jinghu; Nikolic, Dejan; Roche, Nathalie; Blondeel, Phillip; Possemiers, Sam; De Keukeleire, Denis; Bracke, Marc; Heyerick, Arne; Van Breemen, Richard B.; Depypere, Herman (2010). "Disposition of hop prenylflavonoids in human breast tissue". Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. 54: S284–94. doi:10.1002/mnfr.200900519. PMC 3856213Freely accessible. PMID 20486208. 
  4. ^ Anioł M, Swiderska A, Stompor M, Zołnierczyk AK (2012). "Antiproliferative activity and synthesis of 8-prenylnaringenin derivatives by demethylation of 7-O- and 4'-O-substituted isoxanthohumols". Med Chem Res. 21 (12): 4230–4238. doi:10.1007/s00044-011-9967-8. PMC 3474914Freely accessible. PMID 23087590.