Epirubicin hydrochloride

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MedKoo CAT#: 100290

CAS#: 56390-09-1 (HCl)

Description: Epirubicin is an anthracycline drug used for chemotherapy. It can be used in combination with other medications to treat breast cancer in patients who have had surgery to remove the tumor. Similarly to other anthracyclines, epirubicin acts by intercalating DNA strands. Intercalation results in complex formation which inhibits DNA and RNA synthesis. It also triggers DNA cleavage by topoisomerase II, resulting in mechanisms that lead to cell death. Binding to cell membranes and plasma proteins may be involved in the compound's cytotoxic effects. Epirubicin also generates free radicals that cause cell and DNA damage. Epirubicin is favoured over doxorubicin, the most popular anthracycline, in some chemotherapy regimens as it appears to cause fewer side-effects. Epirubicin has a different spatial orientation of the hydroxyl group at the 4' carbon of the sugar - it has the opposite chirality - which may account for its faster elimination and reduced toxicity. Epirubicin is primarily used against breast and ovarian cancer, gastric cancer, lung cancer and lymphomas.

Chemical Structure

Epirubicin hydrochloride
CAS# 56390-09-1 (HCl)

Theoretical Analysis

MedKoo Cat#: 100290
Name: Epirubicin hydrochloride
CAS#: 56390-09-1 (HCl)
Chemical Formula: C27H30ClNO11
Exact Mass:
Molecular Weight: 579.98
Elemental Analysis: C, 55.91; H, 5.21; Cl, 6.11; N, 2.42; O, 30.34

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Synonym: IMI28; IMI 28; IMI-28; 4-epi DX; EPI; epi DX; 4-epiadriamycin; 4-epidoxorubicin; 4-epidoxorubicin HCl; epiADR; epidoxorubicin; epidorubicin; brand name: Ellence; Pharmorubicin PFS.

IUPAC/Chemical Name: (8S,10S)-10-(((2R,4S,5R,6S)-4-amino-5-hydroxy-6-methyltetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)-6,8,11-trihydroxy-8-(2-hydroxyacetyl)-1-methoxy-7,8,9,10-tetrahydrotetracene-5,12-dione hydrochloride


InChi Code: InChI=1S/C27H29NO11.ClH/c1-10-22(31)13(28)6-17(38-10)39-15-8-27(36,16(30)9-29)7-12-19(15)26(35)21-20(24(12)33)23(32)11-4-3-5-14(37-2)18(11)25(21)34;/h3-5,10,13,15,17,22,29,31,33,35-36H,6-9,28H2,1-2H3;1H/t10-,13-,15-,17-,22-,27-;/m0./s1

SMILES Code: O=C1C2=C(O)C(C[C@](C(CO)=O)(O)C[C@@H]3O[C@H]4C[C@H](N)[C@@H](O)[C@H](C)O4)=C3C(O)=C2C(C5=C1C=CC=C5OC)=O.[H]Cl

Appearance: red solid powder

Purity: >98% (or refer to the Certificate of Analysis)

Shipping Condition: Shipped under ambient temperature as non-hazardous chemical. This product is stable enough for a few weeks during ordinary shipping and time spent in Customs.

Storage Condition: Dry, dark and at 0 - 4 C for short term (days to weeks) or -20 C for long term (months to years).

Solubility: Soluble in DMSO, not in water

Shelf Life: >2 years if stored properly

Drug Formulation: This drug may be formulated in DMSO

Stock Solution Storage: 0 - 4 C for short term (days to weeks), or -20 C for long term (months).

HS Tariff Code: 2934.99.9001

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1 mM 1.15 mL 5.76 mL 11.51 mL
5 mM 0.23 mL 1.15 mL 2.3 mL
10 mM 0.12 mL 0.58 mL 1.15 mL
50 mM 0.02 mL 0.12 mL 0.23 mL

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13: Jandaghi N, Jahani S, Foroughi MM, Kazemipour M, Ansari M. Cerium-doped flower-shaped ZnO nano-crystallites as a sensing component for simultaneous electrochemical determination of epirubicin and methotrexate. Mikrochim Acta. 2019 Dec 5;187(1):24. doi: 10.1007/s00604-019-4016-2. PubMed PMID: 31807919.

14: Mo J, Shen L, Xu Q, Zeng J, Sha J, Hu T, Bi K, Chen Y. An Nd(3+)-Sensitized Upconversion Fluorescent Sensor for Epirubicin Detection. Nanomaterials (Basel). 2019 Nov 28;9(12). pii: E1700. doi: 10.3390/nano9121700. PubMed PMID: 31795129; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6955805.

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18: Sakamoto T, Saito Y, Kobayashi M, Yamada T, Takekuma Y, Nakai M, Ogawa K, Iseki K, Sugawara M. Effect of palonosetron and dexamethasone administration on the prevention of gastrointestinal symptoms in hepatic arterial chemoembolization with epirubicin. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Nov 16. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-05178-1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31732854.

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20: Raje S, Pandav K, Barthwal R. Dual mode of binding of anti cancer drug epirubicin to G-quadruplex [d-(TTAGGGT)](4) containing human telomeric DNA sequence induces thermal stabilization. Bioorg Med Chem. 2019 Dec 15;27(24):115131. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2019.115131. Epub 2019 Oct 15. PubMed PMID: 31685331.

Additional Information

It is marketed by Pfizer under the trade name Ellence in the US and Pharmorubicin or Epirubicin Ebewe elsewhere. The first trial of epirubicin in humans was published in 1980. Upjohn applied for approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in node-positive breast cancer in 1984, but was turned down because of lack of data. In 1999 Pharmacia (who had by then merged with Upjohn) received FDA approval for the use of epirubicin as a component of adjuvant therapy in node-positive patients.