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Systematic (IUPAC) name
carboxamide monohydrate
Clinical data
Trade names Sprycel
AHFS/Drugs.com monograph
MedlinePlus a607063
Licence data EMA:Link, US FDA:link
Pregnancy cat.
Legal status
Routes Oral
Pharmacokinetic data
Protein binding 96%
Metabolism Hepatic
Half-life 1.3 to 5 hours
Excretion Faecal (85%), renal (4%)
CAS number 302962-49-8 YesY
ATC code L01XE06
PubChem CID 3062316
DrugBank DB01254
ChemSpider 2323020 YesY
KEGG D03658 N
ChEBI CHEBI:49375 YesY
Chemical data
Formula C22H26ClN7O2S 
Mol. mass 488.01 g/mol
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Dasatinib, previously known as BMS-354825, is a cancer drug produced by Bristol-Myers Squibb and sold under the trade name Sprycel. Dasatinib is an oral multi- BCR/Abl and Src family tyrosine kinase inhibitor approved for first line use in patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)[1] and Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL). It is being evaluated for use in numerous other cancers, including advanced prostate cancer.

The drug is named after one of the inventor chemists, Jagabandhu Das, who was a member of the large discovery and development team at Bristol Myers Squibb.[2]

Origin and development[edit]


In a Phase I dose escalation study published in June 2006, dasatinib was tested in patients who were resistant to or who could not tolerate imatinib.[3] Complete hematological responses[4] were seen in 37 of 40 patients with chronic-phase CML. Major hematologic responses[5] were seen in 31 of 44 patients with accelerated-phase CML, CML in blast crisis, or Ph+ ALL.

Molecular targets[edit]

Crystal structure[6] (PDB 2GQG) of Abl kinase domain (blue) in complex with dasatinib (red).

The main targets of dasatinib are BCR/Abl, Src, c-Kit, ephrin receptors, and several other tyrosine kinases, but not erbB kinases such as EGFR or Her2.

Duration of benefit[edit]

Responses were maintained in 95% of patients with chronic-phase CML, with a median follow-up time of >12 months. In patients with accelerated-phase CML, 82% remained in remission, although with a median follow-up of only 5 months. Nearly all patients with CML in blast crisis or Ph+ ALL relapsed within 6 months.

Susceptible genotypes[edit]

Responses were seen in patients with all BCR/Abl genotypes, with the exception of T315I mutation, which confers resistance to dasatinib, nilotinib and imatinib in vitro.


Neutropenia and myelosuppression were common toxic effects. Fifteen patients (of 84, i.e. 18%) in the above-mentioned study developed pleural effusions, which were felt to be a side effect of dasatinib. Some of these patients required thoracentesis or pleurodesis to treat the effusions. Other adverse events included mild to moderate diarrhea, peripheral edema, and headache. A small number of patients developed abnormal liver function tests which returned to normal without dose adjustments. Mild hypocalcemia was also noted, but did not appear to cause any significant problems.Several cases of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) were found in patients treated with dasatinib.[7]

Adverse effects[edit]

On October 11, 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that dasatinib may increase the risk of a rare but serious condition in which there is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs (pulmonary hypertension, PAH). Symptoms of PAH may include shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling of the body (such as the ankles and legs). In reported cases, patients developed PAH after starting dasatinib, including after more than one year of treatment.

Information about this risk has been added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the Sprycel drug label.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ FDA. "FDA approves additional medical indication for Sprycel". www.fda.gov. FDA. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Das J et al. (2006). "2-aminothiazole as a novel kinase inhibitor template. Structure-activity relationship studies toward the discovery of N-(2-chloro-6-methylphenyl)-2-[[6-[4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1- piperazinyl)]-2-methyl-4-pyrimidinyl]amino)]-1,3-thiazole-5-carboxamide (dasatinib, BMS-354825) as a potent pan-Src kinase inhibitor". J Med Chem 49 (23): 6819–32. doi:10.1021/jm060727j. PMID 17154512. 
  3. ^ Talpaz M, Shah NP, Kantarjian H, et al. (June 2006). "Dasatinib in imatinib-resistant Philadelphia chromosome-positive leukemias". N. Engl. J. Med. 354 (24): 2531–41. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa055229. PMID 16775234. 
  4. ^ Complete hematologic response was defined as normal white blood cell and platelet counts, no blasts in the peripheral blood, <5% myelocytes plus metamyelocytes in the peripheral blood, <20% basophils in the peripheral blood, and no extramedullary disease.
  5. ^ The definition of a major hematologic response was sufficiently abstruse that the reader is referred to the original article (Talpaz et al., 2006) for details.
  6. ^ Tokarski, J. S.; Newitt, J. A.; Chang, C. Y.; Cheng, J. D.; Wittekind, M.; Kiefer, S. E.; Kish, K.; Lee, F. Y.; Borzillerri, R.; Lombardo, L. J.; Xie, D.; Zhang, Y.; Klei, H. E. (2006). "The Structure of Dasatinib (BMS-354825) Bound to Activated ABL Kinase Domain Elucidates Its Inhibitory Activity against Imatinib-Resistant ABL Mutants". Cancer Research 66 (11): 5790–5797. doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-05-4187. PMID 16740718.  edit
  7. ^ NHS - Healthcare News
  8. ^ FDA: Sprycel (dasatinib): Drug Safety Communication - Risk of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, 10/11/2011.

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