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Sorafenib tosylate
BAY 43-9006
Sorafenib Tosylate(TINIBS)
Sorafenib Tosylate for research
Sorafenib free base for research
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Light Yellow Solid
A potent RAF kinase inhibitor. Antineoplastic
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Sorafenib, an orally active potent multi-kinases inhibitor,was approved in the U.S. for the treatment of advanced renalcell carcinoma. The drug targets both tumor cell proliferationand tumor angiogenesis kinases that include RAF,VEGFR-2, VEGFR-3, PDGFR-􀀁, KIT and FLT-3. Sorafenibis being jointly developed by Bayer and Onyx in phase IIItrials as a single agent for the treatment of advanced hepato-cellular carcinoma and in combination with carboplatin andpaclitaxel in patients with advanced metastatic melanoma.Phase II trials in combination with doxorubicin for thetreatment of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma are alsounder investigation. Additional phase II trials are ongoingfor non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and in postmenopausalwomen with estrogen receptor and/or progesteronereceptor-positive metastatic breast cancer. In addition, theNational Cancer Institute (NCI) is evaluating the compoundboth as a single therapy agent and in combination with otheroncology agents in phase II trials for several cancer indications.
Sorafenib tosylate is the tosylate form of sorafenib, which is a drug approved for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma and the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (primary kidney cancer). Hepatocellular carcinoma accounts for the vast majority of primary liver cancers (85–90%). [1] Approximately 70–90% of all hepatocellular cancer cases occur in patients with chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, with the main causes of cirrhosis including hepatitis B, hepatitis C and alcoholic liver disease.[1] Sorafenib is an oral receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor that inhibits Raf serine/threonine kinases and receptor tyrosine kinases (vascular endothelial growth factor receptors 1, 2, 3 and platelet-derived growth factor-b, Flt-3 and c-kit) that are implicated in tumorigenesis and tumor progression.

Figure 1 the chemical structure of sorafenib;
It is indicated for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma and the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (primary kidney cancer).
Mechanism of action
The bi-aryl urea sorafenib is an oral multikinase inhibitor that inhibits both cell surface tyrosine kinase receptors and downstream intracellular serine/threonine kinases in the Ras/MAPK cascade.[2-4] Receptor tyrosine kinases inhibited by sorafenib include vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR)-1, VEGFR-2, VEGFR-3, platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR)-b, c-KIT, FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT-3) and RET. Intracellular Raf serine/threonine kinase isoforms inhibited by sorafenib include Raf-1 (or C-Raf), wild-type B-Raf and mutant B-Raf.[3, 4] These kinases are involved in tumour cell proliferation and tumour angiogenesis.[3, 4]
The antiproliferative activity of sorafenib is variable in different tumor types and largely depends on the oncogenic signaling pathways that mediate tumor proliferation. Sorafenib has also been shown to induce apoptosis in several tumor cell lines. Although the mechanism through which sorafenib induces apoptosis is not fully elucidated and may vary between cell lines, a commonly observed theme is the inhibition of phosphorylation of the initiation factor eIF4E and loss of the antiapoptotic protein myeloid cell leukemia-1 (MCL-1)[5]. Recently, sorafenib was shown to inhibit hepatitis C viral replication in vitro[6], and in vitro studies have also shown some direct effects on immune cells [7]. Whether these effects
Side effects
The most common adverse reactions (20%), considered to be related to sorafenib, in patients with HCC or RCC are fatigue, weight loss, rash/desquamation, hand-foot skin reaction, alopecia, diarrhea, anorexia, nausea and abdominal pain [12].
Across all tumor types, common side effects (> 10%) include hypertension (9 -13%, grade 4: < 1%; onset: ~ 3 weeks), fatigue (37 -46%), sensory neuropathy (13%), pain (11%), rash/desquamation (19 -40%; grade 3: 1%), handfoot syndrome (21 -30%; grade 3: 6 -8%), alopecia (14 -27%), pruritis (14 -19%), dry skin (10 -11%), hypoalbuminemia (59%), hypophosphatemia (35 -45%; grade 3: 11 -13%; grade 4: < 1%), diarrhea (43 -55%; grade 3: 2 -10%; grade 4: < 1%), lipase increased (40 -41%, usually transient), amylase increased (30 -34, usually transient), abdominal pain (11 -31%), weight loss (10 -30%), anorexia (16 -29%), nausea (23 -24%), vomiting (15 -16%), constipation (14 -15%), muscle pain, weakness, dyspnea (14%), cough (13%) and hemorrhage (15 -18%; grade 3: 2 -3%; grade 4: 2%). Laboratory abnormalities attributable to sorafenib use are also seen and include lymphopenia (23 -47%; grades 3/4: 13%), thrombocytopenia (12 -46%; grades 3/4: 1 -4%), international normalized ration (INR) increased (42%), neutropenia (18%; grades 3/4: 5%), leucopenia, liver dysfunction (11%; grade 3: 2%; grade 4: 1%).
Less frequent side effects (> 1 -10) include cardiac ischemia/infarction (3%), flushing, headache (10%), depression, fever, acne, exfoliative dermatitis, decreased appetite, dyspepsia, dysphagia, esophageal varices bleeding (2%), glossodynia, mucositis, stomatitis, xerostomia, erectile dysfunction, anemia, transaminases increased (transient), joint pain (10%), arthralgia, myalgia, hoarseness and flu-like syndrome.
Rare (< 1%) side effects of sorafenib include acute renal failure, alkaline phosphatase increased, arrhythmia, bilirubin increased, bone pain, cardiac failure, cerebral hemorrhage, congestive heart failure, dehydration, eczema, epistaxis, erythema multiforme, folliculitis, gastritis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, gastrointestinal perforation, gastrointestinal reflux, gynecomastia, hypersensitivity (skin reaction, urticaria), hypertensive crisis, hyponatremia, hypothyroidism, infection, jaundice, myocardial infarction (MI), mouth pain, myocardial ischemia, pancreatitis, pleural effusion, preeclampsialike syndrome (reversible hypertension and proteinuria), renal failure, respiratory hemorrhage, reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS), rhinorrhea, skin cancer (squamous cell/keratoacanthomas), thromboembolism, tinnitus, transient ischemic attack, tumor lysis syndrome, tumor pain and voice alteration.
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  4. Wilhelm SM, Carter C, Tang LY, et al. BAY 43-9006 exhibits broad spectrum oral antitumor activity and targets the RAF/MEK/ERK pathway and receptor tyrosine kinases involved in tumor progression and angiogenesis. Cancer Res 2004 Oct 1; 64 (19): 7099-109
  5. Yu C, Bruzek LM, Meng XW, et al. The role of Mcl-1 downregulation in the proapoptotic activity of the multikinase inhibitor BAY 43-9006. Oncogene 2005;24:6861-9
  6. Himmelsbach K, Sauter D, Baumert TF, et al. New aspects of an anti-tumour drug: sorafenib efficiently inhibits HCV replication. Gut 2009;58:1644-53
  7. Molhoek KR, McSkimming CC, Olson WC, et al. Apoptosis of CD4(+) CD25(high) T cells in response to Sirolimus requires activation of T cell receptor and is modulated by IL-2. Cancer Immunol Immunother 2009;58:867-76
  8. Strumberg D, Richly H, Hilger RA, et al. Phase I clinical and pharmacokinetic study of the Novel Raf kinase and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor inhibitor BAY 43-9006 in patients with advanced refractory solid tumors. J Clin Oncol 2005;23:965-72
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