Rubitecan

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Rubitecan
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Clinical data
Trade names Orathecin
Synonyms 9-Nitrocamptothecin
9-NC
9-nitro-20(S)-camptothecin
Camptogen
(19S)-19-Ethyl-19-hydroxy-10-nitro-17-oxa-3,13-diazapentacyclo[11.8.0.02,11.04,9.015,20]henicosa-1(21),2,4,6,8,10,15(20)-heptaene-14,18-dione
Routes of
administration
Oral (capsules)
ATC code
  • None
Legal status
Legal status
  • Application withdrawn
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 25–30% (rubitecan and 9-AC; in dogs)
Protein binding 97% (rubitecan), 65% (9-AC)
Metabolism Probably CYP-dependent
Metabolites 9-Aminocamptothecin (9-AC)
Biological half-life 15–18 hours (rubitecan), 18–22 hours (9-AC)
Excretion Bile and feces (major proportion), urine (the minor one)[1]
Identifiers
CAS Number
PubChem CID
ChemSpider
UNII
KEGG
ChEBI
ChEMBL
Chemical and physical data
Formula C20H15N3O6
Molar mass 393.349 g/mol
3D model (JSmol)
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Rubitecan (INN, marketing name Orathecin) is an oral topoisomerase inhibitor, developed by Supergen.

History[edit]

On January 27, 2004, Supergen announced that it has completed the submission of an NDA for rubitecan to the US FDA,[2] and was accepted for filing on March 2004.[3]

On January 2005, Supergen withdrew the NDA for rubitecan, based on feedback indicating that the current data package would not be sufficient to gain US approval,[4] and on January 2006, the Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) filed with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was also withdrawn.[5]

Synthesis[edit]

Large scale production of Rubitecan has encountered problems. The direct nitration of camptothecin results in regioselectivity problems. One way that has been used to synthesize Rubitecan is to nitrate 10-hydroxycamptothecin than remove the hydroxyl functional group.[6]

Use as Anti-Cancer Drug[edit]

Rubitecan is a compound used extensively in cancer research. Rubitecan is an effective drug against pancreatic cancer and other solid tumors. One major problem is the lack of oral bioavailability due to low permeability and poor water solubility. One study shows 9-NC-SD through Soluplus1-based solid dispersion system is a much more effective delivery method than free 9-NC.[7]

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