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|Systematic (IUPAC) name|
|(2S,6'R)- 7-chloro- 2',4,6-trimethoxy- 6'-methyl- 3H,4'H-spiro [1-benzofuran- 2,1'-cyclohexene]- 3,4'-dione|
|Pregnancy cat.||B3 (Australia), C (United States)|
|Legal status||POM (UK), ℞-only (U.S.)|
|Bioavailability||Highly variable (25 to 70%)|
|Metabolism||Hepatic demethylation and glucuronidation|
|ATC code||D01 D01|
|Mol. mass||352.766 g/mol|
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Griseofulvin (marketed under the proprietary name Grifulvin V by Orthoneutrogena Labs, according to FDA orange book) is an antifungal drug that is administered orally. It is used both in animals and in humans, to treat fungal infections of the skin (commonly known as ringworm) and nails. It is produced by culture of some strains of the mold Penicillium griseofulvum, from which it was isolated in 1939.
It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, a list of the most important medication needed in a basic health system.
The first step in the biosynthesis of Griseofulvin by Penicillium griseofulvin is the synthesis of the 14 carbon poly-β -keto chain by a type I iterative polyketide synthase (PKS)via iterative addition of 6 malonyl-CoA to an acyl-CoA starter unit. The 14 carbon poly-β -keto chain undergoes cyclization/aromatization, using cyclase/aromatase respectively, through a Claisen and Aldol condensation to form the benzophenone intermediate. The benzophenone intermediate is then methylated via S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) twice to grant griseophenone C. The griseophenone C is then halogenated at the activated site ortho to the phenol group on the left aromatic ring to form griseophenone B. The halogenated species then undergoes a single phenolic oxyidation in both rings forming the two oxygen diradical species. The right oxygen radical shifts alpha to the carbonyl via resonance allowing for a stereospecific radical coupling by the oxygen radical on the left ring forming a tetrahydrofuranone species .  The newly formed grisan skeleton with a spiro center is then O-methylated by SAM to generate dehydrogriseofulvin. Ultimately, a stereoselective reduction of the olefin on dehydrogriseofulvin by NADPH affords griseofulvin. 
Known side effects of griseofulvin include:
Common brand names
- Grifulvin V
- Grison-250 (V.I.P Pharma)
- Grisovin-FP (GSK)
- Gris OD 375 (DR.REDDY'S)
It binds to keratin in keratin precursor cells and makes them resistant to fungal infections. It is only when hair or skin is replaced by the keratin-griseofulvin complex that the drug reaches its site of action. Griseofulvin will then enter the dermatophyte through energy dependent transport processes and bind to fungal microtubules. This alters the processing for mitosis and also underlying information for deposition of fungal cell walls.
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