PX-478 HCl

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CAS#: 685898-44-6 (HCl)

Description: PX-478 is HIF-1alpha inhibitor, is also an orally active small molecule with potential antineoplastic activity. Although its mechanism of action has yet to be fully elucidated, HIF1-alpha inhibitor PX-478 appears to inhibit hypoxia-inducible factor 1-alpha (HIF1A) expression, which may result in decreased expression of HIF1A downstream target genes important to tumor growth and survival, a reduction in tumor cell proliferation, and the induction of tumor cell apoptosis. The inhibitory effect of this agent is independent of the tumor suppressor genes VHL and p53 and may be related to derangements in glucose uptake and metabolism due to inhibition of glucose transporter-1 (Glut-1). PX-478 has excellent activity against established human tumor xenografts, providing tumor regressions with prolonged growth delays which correlate positively with HIF-1 levels. PX-478 is a highly water soluble molecule, with good i.v., i.p. and p.o. antitumor activity. It is rapidly absorbed following oral and i.p. administration and gives excellent Cmax and AUC via these routes.

Chemical Structure

PX-478 HCl
CAS# 685898-44-6 (HCl)

Theoretical Analysis

MedKoo Cat#: 202350
Name: PX-478 HCl
CAS#: 685898-44-6 (HCl)
Chemical Formula: C13H20Cl4N2O3
Exact Mass:
Molecular Weight: 394.11
Elemental Analysis: C, 39.62; H, 5.12; Cl, 35.98; N, 7.11; O, 12.18

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PX-478 (HCl salt) purity > 98%, is in stock. The same day shipping out after order is received.

Related CAS #: 685898-44-6 (HCl)   685847-78-3 (free base)    

Synonym: PX 478; PX-478; PX 478; PX478 HCl.

IUPAC/Chemical Name: (S)-4-(2-amino-2-carboxyethyl)-N,N-bis(2-chloroethyl)aniline oxide dihydrochloride


InChi Code: InChI=1S/C13H18Cl2N2O3.2ClH/c14-5-7-17(20,8-6-15)11-3-1-10(2-4-11)9-12(16)13(18)19;;/h1-4,12H,5-9,16H2,(H,18,19);2*1H/t12-;;/m0../s1

SMILES Code: ClCC[N+](CCCl)([O-])C1=CC=C(C[C@H](N)C(O)=O)C=C1.[H]Cl.[H]Cl

Brown solid powder (wax-like solid or semi-solid after absorb moisture from air). PX478 HCl is highly hygroscopic, and may become wax-like material after exposing in air, which will not impact the stability.

>95% (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).

Soluble in water. PX-478 was found to be not stable at basic buffer, and stable in acidic buffer.

Shelf Life:
>5 years if stored properly

Drug Formulation:
This drug may be formulated in PBS buffer. For long term stability consideration, we recommend to prepare PX478 stock solution in pH 4.0 buffer. The stock solution may be diluted by PBS before using.

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

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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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1: Lee K, Kim HM. A novel approach to cancer therapy using PX-478 as a HIF-1α inhibitor. Arch Pharm Res. 2011 Oct;34(10):1583-5. doi: 10.1007/s12272-011-1021-3. Review. PubMed PMID: 22076756.

2: Schwartz DL, Bankson JA, Lemos R Jr, Lai SY, Thittai AK, He Y, Hostetter G, Demeure MJ, Von Hoff DD, Powis G. Radiosensitization and stromal imaging response correlates for the HIF-1 inhibitor PX-478 given with or without chemotherapy in pancreatic cancer. Mol Cancer Ther. 2010 Jul;9(7):2057-67. doi: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-09-0768. Epub 2010 Jun 29. PubMed PMID: 20587661; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2935253.

3: Jacoby JJ, Erez B, Korshunova MV, Williams RR, Furutani K, Takahashi O, Kirkpatrick L, Lippman SM, Powis G, O'Reilly MS, Herbst RS. Treatment with HIF-1alpha antagonist PX-478 inhibits progression and spread of orthotopic human small cell lung cancer and lung adenocarcinoma in mice. J Thorac Oncol. 2010 Jul;5(7):940-9. doi: 10.1097/JTO.0b013e3181dc211f. PubMed PMID: 20512076; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3782111.

4: Schwartz DL, Powis G, Thitai-Kumar A, He Y, Bankson J, Williams R, Lemos R, Oh J, Volgin A, Soghomonyan S, Nishii R, Alauddin M, Mukhopadhay U, Peng Z, Bornmann W, Gelovani J. The selective hypoxia inducible factor-1 inhibitor PX-478 provides in vivo radiosensitization through tumor stromal effects. Mol Cancer Ther. 2009 Apr;8(4):947-58. doi: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-08-0981. PubMed PMID: 19372568; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2908257.

5: Palayoor ST, Mitchell JB, Cerna D, Degraff W, John-Aryankalayil M, Coleman CN. PX-478, an inhibitor of hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha, enhances radiosensitivity of prostate carcinoma cells. Int J Cancer. 2008 Nov 15;123(10):2430-7. doi: 10.1002/ijc.23807. PubMed PMID: 18729192.

6: Koh MY, Spivak-Kroizman T, Venturini S, Welsh S, Williams RR, Kirkpatrick DL, Powis G. Molecular mechanisms for the activity of PX-478, an antitumor inhibitor of the hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha. Mol Cancer Ther. 2008 Jan;7(1):90-100. doi: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-07-0463. PubMed PMID: 18202012.

7: Jordan BF, Black K, Robey IF, Runquist M, Powis G, Gillies RJ. Metabolite changes in HT-29 xenograft tumors following HIF-1alpha inhibition with PX-478 as studied by MR spectroscopy in vivo and ex vivo. NMR Biomed. 2005 Nov;18(7):430-9. PubMed PMID: 16206237.

8: Jordan BF, Runquist M, Raghunand N, Baker A, Williams R, Kirkpatrick L, Powis G, Gillies RJ. Dynamic contrast-enhanced and diffusion MRI show rapid and dramatic changes in tumor microenvironment in response to inhibition of HIF-1alpha using PX-478. Neoplasia. 2005 May;7(5):475-85. PubMed PMID: 15967100; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1501160.

9: Welsh S, Williams R, Kirkpatrick L, Paine-Murrieta G, Powis G. Antitumor activity and pharmacodynamic properties of PX-478, an inhibitor of hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha. Mol Cancer Ther. 2004 Mar;3(3):233-44. PubMed PMID: 15026543.  

Additional Information

Stability of PX-478:  According to researchers from ProlX Pharmaceuticals, chemical stability of PX-478 under variable temperature and light conditions showed 100% recovery for greater than 6 months. PX-478, as either an amorphous or crystalline hydrochloride salt is highly water soluble. Examination of pH stability provided evidence of base lability, however excellent stability in solutions of pH<3 with t1/2 of 26 to 2643 days at 4°C. Neutral, isotonic buffered dosing solution had sufficient stability to allow i.v. administration for the toxicology and kinetics studies in mice, rats, and dogs where the maximum tolerable dose for five day i.v. treatment was found to be 100, 35 and 20mg/kg, respectively.  (source: http://aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/abstract/2004/1/486-b).
Activity observed in animal model study: PX-478 has been shown to have efficacy against a number of human cancer xenograft models, with significant regressions and growth delays in OvCar-3 (ovarian), SHP-77 (small cell lung), PC-3 (prostate), DU-145 (prostate), MCF-7 (breast), and Caki-1 (renal). PX-478 suppresses constitutive and hypoxia induced levels of HIF-1a in cancer cells, while leaving other ubiquitin regulated proteins unaffected. Through HIF-1a inhibition , PX-478 inhibits the expression of VEGF and the glucose transporter Glut-1, resulting in massive tumour apoptosis When tumours (xenograft models in mice) are being treated with PX-478, the efficiency of tumour killing correlates with inherent tumour HIF-1a expression. (source: http://pharmalicensing.com).
Toxicity of PX-478: The primary toxicological indicators were myelosuppression and rapidly reversible weight loss that correlated with food intake. The bioanalytic protocol and assay developed for identification of PX-478 and metabolites in biological samples demonstrated excellent frozen and refrigerated stability of PX-478 once isolated.  Oral and i.p. administration of PX-478 to mice show excellent bioavailability of 86% and 91%, respectively. The terminal half life values for parent drug were determined in mice and dogs to be 60 minutes and 8 minutes, respectively. Clearance and volume of distribution in mice and dogs were found to be 4.7 and 15.6 ml/min/kg and 380 and 184 ml/kg, respectively. Protein binding studies of PX-478 in mice showed no measurable binding.  (source: http://aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/abstract/2004/1/486-b).
Mechanism of P-478: PX-478 is the N-oxide form of the approved anticancer drug  melphalan,   PX-478 was reported to suppress HIF-1α levels in human tumor xenografts and inhibit the expression of HIF-1 target genes including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and the glucose transporter-1. PX-478 had marked antitumor activity against even large tumor xenografts, which correlated positively with HIF-1α levels. Even though the upstream targets have not been fully elucidated, PX-478 inhibited HIF-1α at multiple levels that together or individually might contribute to its antitumor activity against HIF-1α-expressing tumors. It was reported that PX-478 inhibited HIF- 1α protein levels and HIF-1 transactivating activity in a variety of cancer cell lines. The inhibition occurred in both normoxic and hypoxic conditions and did not require pVHL or p53. 
Three mechanisms were identified as contributing to the decrease in HIF-1α levels by PX-478: reduction in HIF-1α mRNA levels, and inhibition of HIF-1α translation play major roles; inhibition of HIF-1α deubiquitination, appears to play a minor role. HIF-1α was up-regulated in irradiated tumors and thus might serve as a promising target for radiosensitization. PX-478 reduced HIF-1α protein levels and signaling in vitro in a dose-dependent manner and provided direct radiosensitization of hypoxic cancer cells in clonogenic survival assays using C6 glioma, HN5 and UMSCCa10 squamous cells, and Panc-1 pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell lines.   Of note, PX-478 yielded striking in vivo tumor sensitization to a single-dose irradiation, prevented postradiation HIF-1 signaling, and abrogated downstream stromal adaptation in C6 and HN5 reporter xenografts. (source: Lee K, Kim HM. A novel approach to cancer therapy using PX-478 as a HIF-1α inhibitor. Arch Pharm Res. 2011 Oct;34(10):1583-5. )
Phase I trials of P-478:  A Phase I trial was done at two sites in the US and the result was reported at the 2010 ASCO Annual Meeting. The Phase I trial of PX-478 was an open-label, dose escalation trial in 41 patients with advanced cancer that was designed to examine safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and antitumor activity. PX-478 was administered orally on days 1-5 of a 21 day cycle at doses ranging from 1 mg/ m2 to 88.2 mg/m2. Adverse events occurring in more than 10 percent of patients were nausea, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting. One patient experienced prolonged Grade 3 thrombocytopenia at the highest dose level. Thirteen of 37 evaluable patients (35%) had stable disease. Pharmacodynamic studies revealed dose-proportional inhibition of HIF-1α levels. Pharmacokinetic studies demonstrated low levels of PX-478 with evidence for conversion to melphalan and other metabolites. The result was promising in that clinical treatment with PX-478 was associated with a relatively high proportion of patients achieving stable disease and a dose-dependent inhibition of HIF-1α. Metabolite identification and related metabolism studies might be done to identify metabolic pathways and active entities from PX-478 besides inactive melphalan.  Conclusively, HIF-1α was proven to be a valid target of cancer therapy and modulates multiple tumorigenic processes. The information from preclinical and clinical trials of PX-478 will be useful for developing a novel approach to cancer therapy with HIF-1α inhibitors and give positive impacts to following developments and appilications of HIF inhibitors.  (source: Lee K, Kim HM. A novel approach to cancer therapy using PX-478 as a HIF-1α inhibitor. Arch Pharm Res. 2011 Oct;34(10):1583-5. )