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Preferred IUPAC name
Other names
Diphencyprone, DPCP, DPC
3D model (JSmol)
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  • InChI=1S/C15H10O/c16-15-13(11-7-3-1-4-8-11)14(15)12-9-5-2-6-10-12/h1-10H
  • O=C2C(=C2\c1ccccc1)\c3ccccc3
Molar mass 206.244 g·mol−1
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Diphenylcyclopropenone (diphencyprone) is a topically administered experimental drug intended for treating alopecia areata and alopecia totalis.[1] Topical immunotherapy using diphenylcyclopropenone may also be an effective treatment option for recalcitrant warts.[2] It is not approved by either the Food and Drug Administration or the European Medicines Agency.[3]

Mechanism of action[edit]

Diphenylcyclopropenone triggers an immune response that is thought to oppose the action of the autoreactive cells that otherwise cause hair loss.[4] One hypothesis is that in response to DPCP treatment, the body will attempt to downregulate inflammation through a variety of pathways, resulting in a downregulation of the autoimmune response at the hair follicle. This autoinflammatory reaction would otherwise destroy body's hair follicles.[3]


A study of 41 alopecia areata patients showed significant hair regrowth in 40% at 6 months, being sustained in two thirds of these after a 12-month-follow up-period.[5]

In a 2002 study for the treatment of warts, the responders consisted of 135 individuals (87.7%) that had complete clearance of warts. Reported adverse effects were local and included with pruritus (itching) (15.6%), with blistering (7.1%), and with eczematous reactions (eczema)(14.2%). The majority of the patients tolerated the treatment very well. One patient developed local impetigo (minor infection). Patients had an average of 5 treatments over a 6-month period.[2]

Chemical properties[edit]

The chemical properties of diphenylcyclopropenone are dominated by the strong polarization of the carbonyl group, which gives a partial positive charge with aromatic stabilization on the cyclopropene ring and a partial negative charge on oxygen. Furthermore, the phenyl groups stabilize the partial positive charge in the ring through resonance.

Diphenylcyclopropenone reacts with electrophilic chlorinating agents, including oxalyl chloride, thionyl chloride and phosphorus pentachloride, to give 3,3-dichloro-1,2-diphenylcyclopropene, which is a reagent for the activation of carboxylic acids.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Singh G, Lavanya M (January 2010). "Topical immunotherapy in alopecia areata". International Journal of Trichology. 2 (1): 36–9. doi:10.4103/0974-7753.66911. PMC 3002409. PMID 21188022.
  2. ^ a b Upitis JA, Krol A (2002). "The use of diphenylcyclopropenone in the treatment of recalcitrant warts". Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. 6 (3): 214–7. doi:10.1007/s10227-001-0050-9. PMID 11951129.
  3. ^ a b Bulock KG, Cardia JP, Pavco PA, Levis WR (November 2015). "Diphencyprone Treatment of Alopecia Areata: Postulated Mechanism of Action and Prospects for Therapeutic Synergy with RNA Interference". The Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Symposium Proceedings. 17 (2): 16–8. doi:10.1038/jidsymp.2015.33. PMID 26551938.
  4. ^ Public summary of positive opinion for orphan designation of diphenylcyclopropenone for the treatment of alopecia totalis, European Medicines Agency. Document Date: London, 23 April 2009. Doc.Ref.:EMEA/COMP/428277/2006
  5. ^ Sotiriadis D, Patsatsi A, Lazaridou E, Kastanis A, Vakirlis E, Chrysomallis F (January 2007). "Topical immunotherapy with diphenylcyclopropenone in the treatment of chronic extensive alopecia areata". Clinical and Experimental Dermatology. 32 (1): 48–51. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2230.2006.02256.x. PMID 17004987.
  6. ^ Bennett, Clay S. (2012). "3,3-Dichloro-1,2-diphenylcyclopropene". Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis. John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/047084289x.rn01514.