Adenosine analog which occurs naturally in Cordyceps militaris, a mushroom known in traditional medicine.
Cordycepin is soluble in water, methanol, ethanol, DMSO
Natural Nucleoside antibiotic.
Cordycepin inhibits growth of various tumor cells in vitro. It may be converted to 3'-deoxyadenosine triphosphate , thus inhibiting ATP-dependent DNA synthesis. Cordycepin is used in the study of messenger RNA transcription.