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MedKoo CAT#: 100740

CAS#: 18378-89-7

Description: Plicamycin, also known as mithramycin or Mithramycin A is a n antibiotic isolated from the bacterium Streptomyces plicatus with antineoplastic activity. Plicamycin binds to the minor groove of DNA at GC-rich sites, resulting in inhibition of RNA synthesis; this agent also inhibits mRNA expression, resulting in a reduction in protein synthesis. In addition, plicamycin may inhibit bone resorption by down regulating transcription of c-src, an oncogene involved in bone metabolism and resorption.

Price and Availability

Size Price Shipping out time Quantity
1mg USD 220 2 Weeks
5mg USD 600 2 Weeks
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Pricing updated 2020-09-23. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Plicamycin, purity > 98%, is in stock. Current shipping out time is about 2 weeks after order is received. CoA, QC data and MSDS documents are available in one week after order is received.

Chemical Structure


Theoretical Analysis

MedKoo Cat#: 100740
Name: Plicamycin
CAS#: 18378-89-7
Chemical Formula: C52H76O24
Exact Mass: 1084.47265
Molecular Weight: 1085.14
Elemental Analysis: C, 57.56; H, 7.06; O, 35.38

Synonym: aureolic acid; mithramycin. US brand name: Mithracin. Foreign brand name: Mithracine. Abbreviation: MTH. Code names: A2371; PA144

IUPAC/Chemical Name: (2S,3S)-3-((1S,3S,4R)-3,4-dihydroxy-1-methoxy-2-oxopentyl)-2-(((2S,4R,5R,6R)-4-(((2S,4R,5R,6R)-4-(((2S,4S,5R,6R)-4,5-dihydroxy-4,6-dimethyltetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)-5-hydroxy-6-methyltetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)-5-hydroxy-6-methyltetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)-6-(((2S,4R,5R,6R)-4-(((2S,4R,5S,6R)-4,5-dihydroxy-6-methyltetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)-5-hydroxy-6-methyltetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)-8,9-dihydroxy-7-methyl-3,4-dihydroanthracen-1(2H)-one


InChi Code: InChI=1S/C52H76O24/c1-18-29(72-34-14-30(43(58)21(4)68-34)73-33-13-28(54)42(57)20(3)67-33)12-26-10-25-11-27(49(66-9)48(63)41(56)19(2)53)50(47(62)39(25)46(61)38(26)40(18)55)76-36-16-31(44(59)23(6)70-36)74-35-15-32(45(60)22(5)69-35)75-37-17-52(8,65)51(64)24(7)71-37/h10,12,19-24,27-28,30-37,41-45,49-51,53-61,64-65H,11,13-17H2,1-9H3/t19-,20-,21-,22-,23-,24-,27+,28-,30-,31-,32-,33+,34+,35+,36+,37+,41+,42-,43-,44-,45-,49+,50+,51-,52+/m1/s1

SMILES Code: O=C1[C@@H](O[C@H]2C[C@@H](O[C@H]3C[C@@H](O[C@H]4C[C@](C)(O)[C@H](O)[C@@H](C)O4)[C@H](O)[C@@H](C)O3)[C@H](O)[C@@H](C)O2)[C@H]([C@H](OC)C([C@@H](O)[C@H](O)C)=O)CC5=C1C(O)=C6C(O)=C(C)C(O[C@H]7C[C@@H](O[C@H]8C[C@@H](O)[C@H](O)[C@@H](C)O8)[C@H](O)[C@@H](C)O7)=CC6=C5

Technical Data

solid powder

>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).

Soluble in water.

Shelf Life:
>2 years if stored properly

Drug Formulation:
This drug may be formulated in water.

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

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Additional Information

Mithracin (plicamycin) is a yellow crystalline compound which is produced by a microorganism, Streptomyces plicatus. Mithracin is available in vials as a freeze-dried, sterile preparation for intravenous administration. Each vial contains 2500 mcg (2.5 mg) of Mithracin with 100 mg of mannitol and sufficient disodium phosphate to adjust to pH 7. After reconstitution with sterile water for injection, the solution has a pH of 7. The drug is unstable in acid solutions with a pH below 4. Mithracin is an antineoplastic agent. It has an empirical formula of C52H76O24


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