Technical Data
Doxorubicin, Hydrochloride (Adriacin, Adriblastina, Adriamycin, Caelyx)
Biochemicals Storage: -20CShipping: RT
The hydrochloride salt of doxorubicin, an anthracycline antibiotic with antineoplastic activity. Doxorubicin, isolated from the bacterium Streptomyces peucetius var. caesius, is the hydroxylated congener of daunorubicin. Doxorubicin intercalates between base pairs in the DNA helix, thereby preventing DNA replication and ultimately inhibiting protein synthesis. Additionally, doxorubicin inhibits topoisomerase II which results in an increased and stabilized cleavable enzyme-DNA linked complex during DNA replication and subsequently prevents the ligation of the nucleotide strand after double-strand breakage. Doxorubicin also forms oxygen free radicals resulting in cytotoxicity secondary to lipid peroxidation of cell membrane lipids; the formation of oxygen free radicals also contributes to the toxicity of the anthracycline antibiotics, namely the cardiac and cutaneous vascular effects.

Melting Point: 198-203C

Solubility: Methanol: Water (1:1), Water

Atmosphere: Argon

Storage and Stability:
May be stored at RT for short-term only. Long-term storage is recommended at -20C. For maximum recovery of product, centrifuge the original vial prior to removing the cap. Hygroscopic and light sensitive.

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Purity: ~90%
Form: Supplied as an orange-red solid

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Pharmacology 1994, 45, 649.
3. Effect of Adriamycin on DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis in cell-free systems and intact cells. Momarier
R. et al., Cancer Research 1976, 36, 2891.

Intended for research use only. Not for use in human, therapeutic, or diagnostic applications.