Title: Berbine
CAS Registry Number: 483-49-8
CAS Name: 5,8,13,13a-Tetrahydro-6H-dibenzo[a,g]quinolizine
Additional Names: tetrahydroprotoberberine
Molecular Formula: C17H17N
Molecular Weight: 235.32
Percent Composition: C 86.77%, H 7.28%, N 5.95%
Literature References: Proposed as parent substance for naming berberine and similar alkaloids: Awe, Arch. Pharm. 270, 156 (1932). Synthesis: Chakravarti et al., J. Chem. Soc. 1927, 2278.
Properties: Clusters of needles from ether, mp 85°. Strong base, dissolves readily in alcohol, ether. Insol in petr ether.
Melting point: mp 85°
Status: This monograph has been retired and is no longer subject to revision or update.

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