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Valrubicin is a semisynthetic derivative of the antineoplastic anthracycline antibiotic doxorubicin. With a mechanism of action that appears to differ from doxorubicin, valrubicin is converted intracytoplasmically into N-trifluoroacetyladriamycin, which interacts with topoisomerase II, stabilizing the complex between the enzyme and DNA; consequently, DNA replication and repair and RNA and protein synthesis are inhibited and the cell cycle is arrested in the G2 phase. In addition, this agent accumulates in the cell cytoplasm where it inhibits protein kinase C (PKC). Valrubicin is less cardiotoxic than doxorubicin when administered systemically; applied topically, this agent shows excellent tissue penetration.

Product information

CAS Number: 56124-62-0

Molecular Weight: 723.64

Formula: C34H36F3NO13






Related CAS Number:

26295-56-7 (N-Trifluoroacetyladriamycin)

80287-44-1 (Doxorubicin 14-valerate)

Chemical Name:  2-oxo-2-((2S,4S)-2,5,12-trihydroxy-4-(((2S,4S,5S,6S)-5-hydroxy-6-methyl-4-(2,2,2-trifluoroacetamido)tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)-7-methoxy-6,11-dioxo-1,2,3,4,6,11-hexahydrotetracen-2-yl)ethyl pentanoate

Smiles: C[C@@H]1O[C@@H](C[C@H](NC(=O)C(F)(F)F)[C@@H]1O)O[C@H]1C[C@@](O)(CC2=C1C(O)=C1C(C(=O)C3=CC=CC(OC)=C3C1=O)=C2O)C(=O)COC(=O)CCCC


InChi: InChI=1S/C34H36F3NO13/c1-4-5-9-21(40)49-13-20(39)33(47)11-16-24(19(12-33)51-22-10-17(27(41)14(2)50-22)38-32(46)34(35,36)37)31(45)26-25(29(16)43)28(42)15-7-6-8-18(48-3)23(15)30(26)44/h6-8,14,17,19,22,27,41,43,45,47H,4-5,9-13H2,1-3H3,(H,38,46)/t14-,17-,19-,22+,27+,33-/m0/s1

Technical Data

Appearance: Red solid powder

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

Solubility: Soluble in DMSO, not in water

Shipping Condition: Shipped under ambient temperature as non-hazardous chemical or refer to Certificate of Analysis

Storage Condition: Dry, dark and -20 oC for 1 year or refer to the Certificate of Analysis.

Shelf Life: ≥12 months if stored properly.

Stock Solution Storage: 0 - 4 oC for 1 month or refer to the Certificate of Analysis.

Drug Formulation: To be determined.

HS Tariff Code: 382200

How to use

In Vitro:

Valrubicin (AD 32) is a chemotherapy agent, inhibits TPA- and PDBu-induced PKC activation with IC50s of 0.85 and 1.25 μM, respectively. Valrubicin inhibits the binding of [3H]PDBu to PKC. Therefore, Valrubicin competes with the tumor promoter for the PKC binding site and prevents the latter from both interacting with the phospholipid and binding to PKC. Valrubicin shows cytotoxic activity against squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cell line colony formation, with IC50s and IC90s of 8.24 ± 1.60 μM and 14.81 ± 2.82 μM for UMSCC5 cells, 15.90 ± 0.90 μM, 29.84 ± 0.84 μM for UMSCC5/CDDP‡ cells, and 10.50 ± 2.39 μM, 19.00 ± 3.91 μM for UMSCC10b cells, respectively. Moreover, Valrubicin in combination with radiation enhances the cytotoxicity.

In Vivo:

Valrubicin (3, 6, or 9 mg) reduces tumor growth at week 3 by intratumoral jection in hamster. Valrubicin (6 mg) combined with minimally cytotoxic irradiation (150, 250, or 350 cGy) causes significant tumor shrinkage in hamster. Valrubicin (0.1 μg/μL) significantly reduces the number of infiltrating neutrophils in biopsies challenged with TPA at 24 h and attenuates chronic inflammation in mice. Valrubicin also decreases the expression levels of inflammatory cytokines in the acute model.


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