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MedKoo CAT#: 100020

CAS#: 5300-03-8

Description: Alitretinoin, or 9-cis-retinoic acid, is a form of vitamin A. Alitretinoin is an orally- and topically-active naturally-occurring retinoic acid with antineoplastic, chemopreventive, teratogenic, and embryotoxic activities. Alitretinoin binds to and activates nuclear retinoic acid receptors (RAR) and retinoid X receptors (RXR); these activated receptors act as transcription factors, regulating gene expression that results in the inhibition of cell proliferation, induction of cell differentiation, and apoptosis of both normal cells and tumor cells.

Chemical Structure

CAS# 5300-03-8

Theoretical Analysis

MedKoo Cat#: 100020
Name: Alitretinoin
CAS#: 5300-03-8
Chemical Formula: C20H28O2
Exact Mass: 300.20893
Molecular Weight: 300.43
Elemental Analysis: C, 79.96; H, 9.39; O, 10.65

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1.0mg USD 220.0 2 Weeks
5.0mg USD 400.0 2 Weeks
10.0mg USD 645.0 2 Weeks
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Synonym: 9-CRA. 9-cis-RA. ALRT1057; LGD1057; LGD-1057; LGD 1057; 9-cis-retinoic acid. Alitretinoin; Panretin. Panretyn; Panrexin

IUPAC/Chemical Name: (2E,4E,6Z,8E)-3,7-dimethyl-9-(2,6,6-trimethylcyclohex-1-en-1-yl)nona-2,4,6,8-tetraenoic acid


InChi Code: InChI=1S/C20H28O2/c1-15(8-6-9-16(2)14-19(21)22)11-12-18-17(3)10-7-13-20(18,4)5/h6,8-9,11-12,14H,7,10,13H2,1-5H3,(H,21,22)/b9-6+,12-11+,15-8-,16-14+

SMILES Code: O=C(O)/C=C(C)/C=C/C=C(C)\C=C\C1=C(C)CCCC1(C)C

Appearance: 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: 2934.99.03.00

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The following data is based on the product molecular weight 300.43 Batch specific molecular weights may vary from batch to batch due to the degree of hydration, which will affect the solvent volumes required to prepare stock solutions.

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Concentration / Solvent Volume / Mass 1 mg 5 mg 10 mg
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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Additional Information

It is also used in medicine as an antineoplastic (anti-cancer) agent developed by Ligand Pharmaceuticals. It is a first generation retinoid. Ligand gained Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for alitretinoin in February 1999.