RWJ 67657

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M6448-2 2mg solid $186
M6448-10 10mg solid $756



Product Information

RWJ 67657 is a potent p38 MAPK inhibitor, which inhibited the release of TNF-alpha by lipopolysaccharide (a monocyte stimulus)-treated human peripheral blood mononuclear cells with an IC(50) of 3 nM, as well as the release of TNF-alpha from peripheral blood mononuclear cells treated with the superantigen staphylococcal enterotoxin B (a T cell stimulus), with an IC(50) value of 13 nM. This compound was approximately 10-fold more potent than the literature standard p38 kinase inhibitor SB 203580 in all p38 dependent in vitro systems tested.


Chemical Formula: C27H24FN3O


Exact Mass: 425.19034 


Molecular Weight: 425.49736


Elemental Analysis: C, 76.21; H, 5.69; F, 4.46; N, 9.88; O, 3.76






RWJ 67657


Chemical Name: 4-(4-(4-fluorophenyl)-1-(3-phenylpropyl)-5-(pyridin-4-yl)-1H-imidazol-2-yl)but-3-yn-1-ol


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Appearance: white 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


In Vitro

RWJ 67657 inhibits the release of TNF-α by lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated human peripheral blood mononuclear cells with an IC50 of 3 nM, as well as the release of TNF-α from peripheral blood mononuclear cells treated with the superantigen staphylococcal enterotoxin B, with an IC50 value of 13 nM.RWJ 67657 (10 μM; 24 hours) decreases colony formation in MCF-7 cells.


In Vivo

RWJ 67657 inhibits TNF-alpha production in lipopolysaccharide-injected mice (87% inhibition at 50 mg/kg) and in rats (91% inhibition at 25 mg/kg) after oral administration.RWJ 67657 (50 mg/kg; administered orally; once per day for 7 consecutive days) displays a potent anti-inflammatory effect. By both improving the functioning of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) and reducing inflammation, EPC transplantation plus RWJ 67657 administration synergistically promotes angiogenesis and neurogenesis after diabetic stroke.





  1. Westra J, Kułdo JM, van Rijswijk MH, Molema G, Limburg PC. Chemokine production and E-selectin expression in activated endothelial cells are inhibited by p38 MAPK (mitogen activated protein kinase) inhibitor RWJ 67657. Int Immunopharmacol. 2005 Jul;5(7-8):1259-69. Epub 2005 Apr 26. PubMed PMID: 15914330.


  1. Westra J, Limburg PC, de Boer P, van Rijswijk MH. Effects of RWJ 67657, a p38 mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitor, on the production of inflammatory mediators by rheumatoid synovial fibroblasts. Ann Rheum Dis. 2004 Nov;63(11):1453-9. PubMed PMID: 15479895; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1754789.


  1. Westra J, Doornbos-van der Meer B, de Boer P, van Leeuwen MA, van Rijswijk MH, Limburg PC. Strong inhibition of TNF-alpha production and inhibition of IL-8 and COX-2 mRNA expression in monocyte-derived macrophages by RWJ 67657, a p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitor. Arthritis Res Ther. 2004;6(4):R384-92. Epub 2004 Jun 21. PubMed PMID: 15225374; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC464924.


  1. Parasrampuria DA, de Boer P, Desai-Krieger D, Chow AT, Jones CR. Single-dose pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of RWJ 67657, a specific p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibitor: a first-in-human study. J Clin Pharmacol. 2003 Apr;43(4):406-13. PubMed PMID: 12723461.


  1. Faas MM, Moes H, Fijen JW, Muller Kobold AC, Tulleken JE, Zijlstra JG. Monocyte intracellular cytokine production during human endotoxaemia with or without a second in vitro LPS challenge: effect of RWJ-67657, a p38 MAP-kinase inhibitor, on LPS-hyporesponsiveness. Clin Exp Immunol. 2002 Feb;127(2):337-43. PubMed PMID: 11876759; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1906333.


  1. Fijen JW, Zijlstra JG, De Boer P, Spanjersberg R, Tervaert JW, Van Der Werf TS, Ligtenberg JJ, Tulleken JE. Suppression of the clinical and cytokine response to endotoxin by RWJ-67657, a p38 mitogen-activated protein-kinase inhibitor, in healthy human volunteers. Clin Exp Immunol. 2001 Apr;124(1):16-20. PubMed PMID: 11359438; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1906020.


  1. Wadsworth SA, Cavender DE, Beers SA, Lalan P, Schafer PH, Malloy EA, Wu W, Fahmy B, Olini GC, Davis JE, Pellegrino-Gensey JL, Wachter MP, Siekierka JJ. RWJ 67657, a potent, orally active inhibitor of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1999 Nov;291(2):680-7. PubMed PMID: 10525088.


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