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IUPAC name
Other names
Bianisal; Bianisylidene; p,p′-Dimethoxystilbene; 4,4′-Dimethoxystilbene
3D model (JSmol)
Molar mass 240.302 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Photoanethole is a naturally occurring organic compound that is found in anise and fennel.[1][2] It has estrogenic activity, and along with anethole and dianethole, may be responsible for the estrogenic effects of anise and fennel.[1][3][4][5][6] These compounds bear resemblance to the estrogens stilbene and diethylstilbestrol, which may explain their estrogenic activity.[1][7] In fact, it is said that diethylstilbestrol and related drugs were originally modeled after photoanethole and dianethole.[1][8]

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  8. ^ Jordan, V. C. (2009). "A Century of Deciphering the Control Mechanisms of Sex Steroid Action in Breast and Prostate Cancer: The Origins of Targeted Therapy and Chemoprevention". Cancer Research. 69 (4): 1243–1254. doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-09-0029. ISSN 0008-5472.