Chemical Component Summary

FormulaC21 H28 O5
Molecular Weight360.44
Isomeric SMILESC[C@]12CCC(=O)C=C1CC[C@H]1[C@@H]3CC[C@H](C(=O)CO)[C@]3(C[C@H](O)[C@H]21)C=O

Chemical Details

Formal Charge0
Atom Count54
Chiral Atom Count7
Chiral AtomsC, C1, C17, C2, C3, C4, C7
Bond Count57
Aromatic Bond Count0
Leaving Atomsn/a

Drug Info: DrugBank

DrugBank IDDB04630 Different stereochemistry
DescriptionA hormone secreted by the adrenal cortex that regulates electrolyte and water balance by increasing the renal retention of sodium and the excretion of potassium. [PubChem]
  • (+)-aldosterone
  • 11beta,21-Dihydroxy-3,20-diketo-4-pregnen-18-al
  • 11beta,21-Dihydroxy-3,20-diketopregn-4-ene-18-al
  • 11beta,21-dihydroxy-3,20-dioxo-4-pregnen-18-al
  • 11beta,21-dihydroxy-3,20-dioxo-pregn-4-ene-18-al
Affected OrganismHumans and other mammals
PharmacologyAt the late distal tubule and collecting duct, aldosterone has two main actions: 1) aldosterone acts on mineralocorticoid receptors (MR) on principal cells in the distal tubule of the kidney nephron, increasing the permeability of their apical (luminal) membrane to potassium and sodium and activates their basolateral Na+/K+ pumps, stimulating ATP hydrolysis leading to phosphorylation of the pump and a conformational change in the pump exposes the Na+ ions to the outside. The phosphorylated form of the pump has a low affinity for Na+ ions, hence reabsorbing sodium (Na+) ions and water into the blood, and secreting potassium (K+) ions into the urine; 2) aldosterone stimulates H+ secretion by intercalated cells in the collecting duct, regulating plasma bicarbonate (HCO3−) levels and its acid/base balance; and 3) aldosterone may act on the central nervous system via the posterior pituitary gland to release vasopressin (ADH) which serves to conserve water by direct actions on renal tubular resorption.
  • 11-Hydroxycorticosteroids
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Chemical Actions and Uses
  • Corticosteroids for Systemic Use
  • Corticosteroids for Systemic Use, Plain
CAS number52-39-1

Drug Targets

NameSequence SearchPharmacological ActionActions
Drug Info/Drug Targets: DrugBank 3.0: a comprehensive resource for 'omics' research on drugs. Knox C, Law V, Jewison T, Liu P, Ly S, Frolkis A, Pon A, Banco K, Mak C, Neveu V, Djoumbou Y, Eisner R, Guo AC, Wishart DS. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan; 39 (Database issue):D1035-41. | PMID:21059682