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Cefradine Basic information
Cefradine Chemical Properties
  • Melting point:140-142 C
  • Boiling point:898℃
  • Density 1.2794 (rough estimate)
  • refractive index 1.6320 (estimate)
  • Flash point:>110°(230°F)
  • storage temp. Keep in dark place,Inert atmosphere,2-8°C
  • solubility 1 M NH4OH: soluble50mg/mL
  • pka2.63, 7.27(at 25℃)
  • form powder
  • Water Solubility Soluble in water
  • CAS DataBase Reference38821-53-3(CAS DataBase Reference)
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Cefradine Usage And Synthesis
  • OverviewCefradine (also known as cephradine), 7-[D-2-amino-2(1,4cyclohexadien1-yl) acetamido]-3-methyl-8-0x0-5thia-l-azabicyclo[4.2.0] oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid monohydrate (111 is a semi-synthetic cephalosporin antibiotic. used orally, intramuscularly, and intravenously. The structure of cephradine is similar to that of cephalexin, the only difference being in the six-membered ring. Cephalexin has three double bonds forming an aromatic system while cephradine has two double bonds in the same ring. The antibacterial activity of cephradine is similar to that of cephalexin[1].

    Figure1 the chemical structure of cefradine;
    Cephradine is a white crystalline powder with a molecular weight of 349.4[2]. The synthesis of cephradine has been discussed[3]. Cephradine is freely soluble in aqueous solvents. It is a zwitterion, containing both an alkaline amino group and an acidic carboxyl group. In the pH range of 3-7, cephradine exists as an internal salt[4]. Cephradine is stable for 24 hr at 25" within the pH range of 2-8. Since it is stable in acidic media, there is little loss of activity in the gastric fluid; losses of less than 7% have been reported[5].
    Cephradine is weakly bound to human serum proteins. The drug was less than 20% bound to the serum proteins[4]. At a serum concentration of 10-12 pg/ml, 6% of the total drug was in the protein-bound complex. Another study[6] found that at a total concentration of 10 pg/ml, 28% of the drug was in the protein-bound state; at a total concentration of 100 pg/ml, 30% of the drug was in the protein-bound state. This study also showed that the addition of serum to cephradine decreased antibiotic activity. Another study[2] showed that the protein binding of cephradine varied from 8 to 20%, depending on the concentration of the drug. However, a study by Gadebusch et al.[5] found no change in the MIC of cephradine toward either Staphylococcus aureus or Escherichia coli after the addition of human serum.
  • PharmacokineticLittle work has been performed on the pharmacokinetics of cephradine in subjects with normal and impaired kidney function. Further study is necessary to elucidate these parameters. A plot of cephradine serum concentration versus time indicates a bi-exponential decay. Therefore, fitting of the data for cephradine should be performed using a two-compartment open model. The effects of using a one-compartment open model analysis when a two-compartment open model is indicated were discussed previously. When the data for intravenous cephradine were fit to a two-compartment open model, the half-life was approximately 45 min. The volume of distribution was 22 liters, compared to 21-liters/1.73 m2 reported previously[13]. A value of 17 f 3.9 lited1.73 m2 also was reported[2].
    The pharmacokinetics of cephradine probably will be similar to those found for cephalexin due to the similarity of their structures. The protein binding of these two compounds is not significantly different, so the volume of distributions should be similar, as was found in the reanalysis of literature data.
  • PharmacodynamicsAbsorption
    Cephradine has been administered orally, intramuscularly, and intravenously and is well absorbed using these routes. This large degree of absorption is evidenced by recoveries of approximately 100% of the administered dose in the urine[4, 7-10]. In one study[4], tritiated cephradine was administered orally to human subjects in the form of a 250-mg capsule. Urine and feces were collected and assayed for the drug; 92% of the drug was present in the urine at the end of 24 hr, while minimal amounts were present in the feces at the end of 72 hr. These findings are evidence for the claim that cephradine is well absorbed orally and apparently not excreted in the bile.
    After oral administration of cephradine, the time of peak serum concentration was at 1 hr with peak concentration in the serum ranging from 6 to 7 pg/ml after a 250-mg capsule[4, 9, 10]. After the administration of 500 mg of cephradine in the form of two 250-mg capsules, peak serum levels were in the range of 11-18 pg/ml[1, 4, 7-9]. After the administration of 500 mg of cephradine as an oral suspension, a peak serum concentration of 19.5 pg/ml was found at 0.5 hr[9]. When human subjects were given 1 g of cephradine, the peak levels ranged from 15 to 24 pg/ml[1, 9].
    After the administration of 1 g im, a peak level of 10.4 pg/ml at 2 hr was attained[4]. While the peak concentration of cephradine after intramuscular injection was lower than that after oral administration, the areas under the curve were identical. One advantage of the intramuscular route over the oral route was that the concentration of the antibiotic in the serum was below 1 pg/ml at 4 hr after oral administration while the concentration after intramuscular administration was 6.8 pg/ml[4].
    One study[7] found that the rate of absorption after oral administration was influenced by the presence of food but that the extent of absorption was not affected. Serum levels at 30 min after administration were 7.9 pg/ml for non-fasting volunteers and 15.8 pg/ml for fasted volunteers. However, peak levels were not significantly different; values of 19.2 and 18.3 pg/ml were found for non-fasting and fasted volunteers, respectively. After intravenous administration of cephradine, the peak levels are reached immediately. In one study, a serum concentration of 56 pg/ml at 7 min after injection was attained after administration of 1 g[11]. In another study[4], the administration of 1 and 0.5 g of cephradine intravenously gave levels of 86.3 and 46.0 pg/ml, respectively, 5 min after injection. When cephradine was given as an intravenous constant infusion (0.166 g/hr), a steady-state level of 4.8 pg/ml was attained after 3 hr[11].
    In a study performed with mice[12], cephradine was widely distributed throughout the body. In this study, 50 mg/kg of tritiated cephradine was administered orally to mice and tissue levels were determined as a function of time. The levels in the stomach, small intestine, and kidneys were all above 100 pg/g of tissue. The liver had a level of more than 50 pg/g of tissue at 1 hr after administration. Almost all other body tissues had levels above l pg/g of tissue. The levels found in the brain were 0.8-2.2 pg/g of tissue in the 24-hr period of the study.
    The tissue levels of cephradine in humans after oral dosing were examined[8]. The level in lung tissue 6 hr after administration of 500 mg PO was 0.46 pg/g of tissue (serum level was 0.58 pg/ml). Three hours after dosing, adipose tissue levels of 0.46-0.56 pg/g of tissue were found (serum level was 0.31-0.60 pg/ml). Cephradine levels for various other tissues were also given[8]. The volume of distribution of cephradine was reported to be 21 liter/1.73 m2[13].
    Metabolism and excretion
    A study in humans could not find any metabolites of cephradine[4].
    When 500 mg of cephradine was administered orally to subjects having cholecystolithiasis[8], the levels of cephradine in the bile ranged from 2.2 to 41.0 pg/ml at 3-7.5 hr after administration. The major route for the elimination of cephradine is renal excretion. Cephradine is removed from the body by the processes of glomerular filtration and tubular secretion[4]. A study in which probenecid was co-administered with cephradine resulted in a prolonged half-life and elevated serum levels. The recovery of unchanged cephradine in the urine ranged from 78.3 to 95.9%[4, 7-9]. The urinary concentration of cephradine in the first 2 hr after administration of 500 mg was between 1.1 and 3.2 mg/ml[4, 7-9].
    The half-lives of elimination of cephradine were 32 min[11] after intravenous administration, 40-50 min after intramuscular administration[4], and 42 min after oral administration[9]. These studies were performed in patients having normal kidney function. During a constant infusion, patients having a creatinine clearance of 125 ml/min had serum and renal clearances of cephradine of 435 and 367 ml/ min, respectively[13].
  • IndicationCephradine is active in vitro against a broad spectrum of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including pathogenic organisms isolated in the clinic; the compound has been shown to be acid stable, and the addition of human serum had only a slight effect on the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) for the sensitive organisms. When given orally or subcutaneously to animals infected experimentally with a variety of pathogenic bacteria, cephradine offered effective protection[16]. In the treatment of acute infective diseases, satisfactory clinical responses to cephradine therapy have been reported by a number of investigators[14, 15, 17-19].
  • Mode of actionCefradine is a first generation cephalosporin antibiotic with a spectrum of activity similar to cefalexin. Cefradine, like the penicillins, is a beta-lactam antibiotic. By binding to specific penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) located inside the bacterial cell wall, it inhibits the third and last stage of bacterial cell wall synthesis. Bacterial cell wall autolytic enzymes such as autolysins further mediate cell lysis; it is possible that cefradine interferes with an autolysin inhibitor.
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    14. de Mendonca, J. S., G. W. Oselka, G. C. Levi, V. A. Neto, and H. V. Lopes. 1972. Observacoes preliminares sobre an atividade terapeutica da Cefradina, nova cefalosporina, administrada por via oral. Rev. Brasil. Clin. Terap. 1:207-210.
    15. Estrada, F. A., B. D. Alora, and S. L. Lansang. 1972. A clinical trial of cephradine, a new cephalosporin derivative. J. Philippine Med. Ass. 48:250-254.
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    17. Landa, L. 1972. Cephradine in the treatment of intestinal infections caused by Shigella or Salmonella organisms. Curr. Ther. Res. Clin. Exp. 14:496-502.
    18. Limson, B. M., R. E. Siasoco, and F. P. Dial. 1972. A new cephalosporin derivative, cephradine, in the treatment of acute infective diseases. Curr. Ther. Res. Clin. Exp. 14:101-106.
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  • DescriptionIn cephradine, an interesting drug design device has been used. The aromatic ring in the ampicillin side chain has been partially hydrogenated by a Birch reduction such that the resulting molecule is still planar and π-electron excessive but has no conjugated olefinic linkages. It is comparatively acid stable and, therefore, is rapidly and nearly completely absorbed from the GI tract. Cephradine has the useful characteristic that it can be used both orally and IM so that parenteral therapy can be started in an institutional setting and then the patient can be sent home with the oral form, thus avoiding the risk of having to establish a different antibiotic. This is consistent with the present economics requiring sending patients home earlier than some physicians prefer. Unfortunately, however, for other reasons the IM and intravenous (IV) versions of cephradine are no longer available in the United States.
  • Chemical PropertiesSolid
  • OriginatorSefril,Squibb,Switz.
  • UsesCephalosporin antibacterial.
  • UsesCephradine is a first generation cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephradine has broad spectrum of bactericidal activity against infections caused by Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Diplococcus pneumoniae, Es cherichia, Klebsiella, Salmonella, and indole-negative Proteus.
  • DefinitionChEBI: A cephalosporin with a methyl substituent at position 3, and a (2R)-2-amino-2-cyclohexa-1,4-dien-1-ylacetamido substituent at position 7, of the cephem skeleton.
  • Manufacturing ProcessIn a first step, D-2-amino-2-(1,4-cyclohexadienyl)acetic acid is obtained as follows. A solution of 11.0 g (72.7 mmol) of D-phenylglycine in 900 ml distilled ammonia (which has been treated with 45 mg lithium after distillation to destroy traces of moisture) is slowly diluted with 370 ml dry ten-butyl alcohol.
    Over a period of hours, 1.65 g lithium (3.27 eq) is added in small portions until a permanent blue color is obtained. The blue reaction mixture is then treated with 38 g of triethylamine hydrochloride. The ammonia is allowed to evaporate at room temperature overnight and the residual solvent is evaporated at reduced pressure. The white residue is taken up in a small amount of methanol-water and added to 4 liters of cold 1:1 chloroform-acetone to precipitate the crude product. After 20 minutes stirring the suspension is filtered and the white filter cake dried in vacuo; the filter cake is then pulverized and submitted once more to the precipitation process from 1:1 chloroform-acetone.
    The white, crystalline product, 11.8 g, MP 297°C (dec), [α]D -89.7 (2 N NaOH) is quantitatively obtained but is slightly contaminated with lithium chloride, 0.6% ionic chlorine being found by analysis.
    The product of a second step is the methyl acetoacetic ester enamine of N-2- amino-2-(1,4-cyclohexadienyl)acetic acid sodium salt. 306 mg D-2-amino-2- (1,4-cyclohexadienyl)acetic acid (2.00 mmol) are dissolved by warming in a solution of 108 mg of NaOCH3 (2.00 mmol) in 4.3 ml reagent grade MeOH. 255 mg (0.24 ml, 2.20 mmol) methyl acetoacetate are added and the mixture refluxed for 45 minutes. The MeOH is almost totally stripped off in vacuo. Five milliliters benzene are added and distilled off to a small residual volume. The addition and distillation of benzene is repeated to insure complete removal of the MeOH and water. The product crystallizes out overnight from a small residual volume of benzene. It is filtered off, washed with benzene, and dried in vacuo. Yield 463 mg.
    Then 3-deacetoxy-7-aminocephalosporanic acid is condensed with the above described sodium salt in the presence of triethylamine to give cephradine.
  • brand nameAnspor (GlaxoSmith- Kline); Velosef (Bristol-Myers Squibb).
  • Therapeutic FunctionAntibiotic
  • Antimicrobial activity Cephradine. A semisynthetic cephalosporin available in both oral and injectable forms. The antibacterial spectrum and susceptibility to β-lactamases are almost identical to those of cefalexin .
    It is almost completely absorbed when given by mouth. A 500 mg oral dose achieves a concentration of about 18–20 mg/L after 1 h. The peak is delayed and reduced by food, but the half-life is not altered. Intramuscular administration of 1 g results a plasma concentration of 10–12 mg/L within 2 h. The plasma half-life is around 1 h and protein binding low.
    Concentrations of up to 40% of those simultaneously found in the serum have been demonstrated in lung tissue. Penetration into the CSF is poor. Levels in sputum were about 20% of those simultaneously present in the plasma following a 1 g oral dose and similar levels have been found in bone. Breast milk concentrations approaching 1 mg/L have been found after 500 mg orally every 6 h and similar concentrations have been found in amniotic fluid. Cord blood concentration is said to be similar to that in the maternal blood.
    It is excreted unchanged in the urine mostly in the first 6 h, achieving concentrations exceeding 1 g/L. Probenecid markedly increases the plasma concentration and delays the peak.
    There is some biliary excretion. The parenteral forms may give rise to local pain or thrombophlebitis. Other side effects common to cephalosporins have been described. In some patients Candida vaginitis has been troublesome.
    Clinical use is similar to that of cefalexin, but it has been largely superseded by later cephalosporins.
  • Clinical UseCephradine (Anspor, Velosef) is the only cephalosporinderivative available in both oral and parenteral dosageforms. It closely resembles cephalexin chemically (it maybe regarded as a partially hydrogenated derivative ofcephalexin) and has very similar antibacterial and pharmacokineticproperties.
    It occurs as a crystalline hydrate that is readily soluble inwater. Cephradine is stable to acid and absorbed almostcompletely after oral administration. It is minimally proteinbound and excreted almost exclusively through the kidneys.It is recommended for the treatment of uncomplicated urinarytract and upper respiratory tract infections caused bysusceptible organisms. Cephradine is available in both oraland parenteral dosage forms.
  • Chemical SynthesisCefradin, [6R-[6α,7β(R)]]-3-methyl-8-oxo-7-[(amino-1,4-cyclohexadien-1- ylacetyl)amino]-5-thia-1-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-2-en-2-carboxylic acid (, is a close analog of cephalexin and differs in that the phenyl group in phenylglycine is partially hydrated to a 1,4-cyclohexadienyl moiety.
    It is synthesized from phenylglycine, which is partially reduced by lithium in liquid ammonia, which forms 1,4-cyclohexadienylglycine (, and the amino group in this compound is protected by reacting it with methyl acetoacetate in the presence of sodium methoxide. The resulting salt ( is transformed into a mixed anhydride by a reaction with ethyl chloroformate in triethylamine, and reacted with deacetoxylated 7-aminocephalosporanic acid, which gives cefradin (

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