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Tenofovir Basic information
Tenofovir Chemical Properties
  • Melting point:276-280°C
  • alpha D +21° (c = 1 in 0.1M HCl)
  • Boiling point:616.1±65.0 °C(Predicted)
  • Density 1.79±0.1 g/cm3(Predicted)
  • storage temp. Store at -20°C
  • pka2.36±0.10(Predicted)
  • form powder
  • color white to beige
  • optical activity[α]/D -20 to -26°, c = 0.5 in 1 M HCl
  • Water Solubility 13.4 mg/mL (25 ºC)
  • Merck 14,9146
  • CAS DataBase Reference147127-20-6(CAS DataBase Reference)
Safety Information
  • RTECS SZ6563600
  • HS Code 29339900
Tenofovir Usage And Synthesis
  • Indications and UsageTenofovir disoproxil (Viread) is the first nucleotide analogue approved by the American FDA to treat HIV-1 infections. Tenofovir disoproxil is a drug used in the AIDS cocktail treatment method, and research shows that it has the ability to increase monkeys’ immunity to immunodeficiency viruses (similar to the human AIDS virus). Tenofovir disoproxil is used in combination with other reverse transcriptase inhibitors to treat HIV-1 infections and hepatitis B.
  • Mechanisms of ActionTenofovir disoproxil is an acyclic nucleoside antivirus drug and has an inhibiting effect on HBV multi-enzyme complexes and HIV reverse transcriptase. Its active content tenofovir phosphonate directly competitively binds to natural deoxyribose substrate to inhibit the virus multi-enzyme complex and inserts itself into the DNA to end the nucleotide chain. Tenofovir disoproxil is barely absorbed by the gastrointestinal duct, so it undergoes esterification and ionization to become tenofovir ester fumarate. Tenofovir is soluble in water and can be quickly absorbed and decomposed into the active substance tenofovir, which then transforms into the active metabolite tenofovir phosphonate. As this drug is not metabolized by the CYP450 enzyme system, it has a very low chance of drug interactions caused by this enzyme.
  • PharmacokineticsTenofovir disoproxil reaches peak blood concentration 1-2 hours after intake. Tenofovir disoproxil’s bioavailability increases by about 40% when taken with food. The intracellular half-life of tenofovir phosphonate is about 10 hours, so doses can be taken once daily. This drug is mainly filtered through renal glomeruli and excreted through the renal tubule transport system, with 70-80% excreted in its original form through urine.
  • Adverse Effects
    • Weakness and exhaustion.
    • Mild to moderate gastrointestinal reactions, including diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, lactic acid poisoning, hepatomegaly and fatty liver, and pancreatitis. These adverse reactions also commonly appear individually or combined when taking nucleoside analogues.
    • Metabolic system hypophosphatemia (1% occurrence rate).
    • Fat accumulation and redistribution, including centripetal obesity, buffalo hump, thin limbs, breast growth, and Cushing syndrome.
    • May cause lactic acid poisoning, hepatomegaly related to steatosis, etc.
    • Effects on nervous system: dizziness and headache.
    • Effects on respiratory system: difficulty breathing.
    • Effects on skin: drug rash.
  • Chemical PropertiesWhite Crystalline Solid
  • UsesTenofovir is a drug used for the treatment of chronic heptatitis B as well as prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. It is a kind of nucleotide analog, acting as the reverse-transcriptase inhibitor (NtRTI). It inhibits the activity of HIV reverse transcriptase through competing with the natural substrate deoxyadenosine 5’-triphosphate, causing the termination of DNA chain. 
  • DefinitionChEBI: A member of the class of phosphonic acids that is methylphosphonic acid in which one of the methyl hydrogens is replaced by a [(2R)-1-(6-amino-9H-purin-9-yl)propan-2-yl]oxy group. An inhibitor of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, the bis(isopropyloxycarbonyloxy ethyl) ester (disoproxil ester) prodrug is used as the fumaric acid salt in combination therapy for the treatment of HIV infection.
  • IndicationsTenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Viread) is a prodrug of tenofovir, a phosphorylated adenosine nucleoside analogue, and is the only available agent of its class. It is converted by cellular enzymes to tenofovir diphosphate, which competes with deoxyadenosine triphosphate (dATP) for access to reverse transcriptase and causes chain termination following its incorporation. Tenofovir was approved as part of a combination therapy for HIV in adults who failed treatment with other regimens; it appears to be effective against HIV strains that are resistant to NRTIs.
  • Acquired resistanceHIV variants with the K65R mutation and the K70E mutation in the reverse transcriptase demonstrate reduced susceptibility to tenofovir.
  • Pharmaceutical ApplicationsA nucleotide analog structurally similar to adefovir.
    EC50 values for HBV, assessed in the HepG2 2.2.15 cell line, ranged from 0.14 to 1.5 μm; the cytotoxic concentration exceeded 100 μm. A decline in HBV DNA levels below 105 copies/mL at 48 weeks of therapy in 100% of patients receiving tenofovir compared with 44% on adefovir therapy has been reported. There are also case reports of patients with primary resistance to adefovir responding to tenofovir.
    It is generally well tolerated in patients with chronic HBV; the most common side effects include nausea and gastrointestinal upset, headache, dizziness, fatigue and rash.
  • Pharmaceutical ApplicationsAn acyclic nucleoside phosphonate, formulated as the disoproxil fumarate salt for oral administration.
  • Biological ActivitySelectively inhibits HIV reverse transcriptase (RNA-dependent DNA polymerase). Prevents cytotoxicity in SIV-infected C-8166 cells in vitro (IC 50 = 1.5 μ M). Antiviral agent.
  • PharmacokineticsOral absorption: c. 25%
    Cmax 300 mg once daily: 0.3 mg/L
    Plasma half-life: 17 h
    Volume of distribution: 1.3 ± 0.6 L/kg at 3.0 mg/kg intravenous dose
    Plasma protein binding: <0.7% (in vitro)
    Absorption and distribution
    Oral bioavailability is poor, but is enhanced by administration as the disoproxil prodrug. It may be taken with or without food. CSF penetration is likely to be minimal due to the anionic charge of the molecule at physiological pH. It accumulates in semen at higher concentrations than in plasma. It is not known if it is distributed into breast milk.
    Metabolism and excretion
    Tenofovir is not metabolized and is principally eliminated by the kidneys by a combination of glomerular filtration and active tubular secretion. In patients with renal dysfunction the dose should be adjusted accordingly.
    Compounds such as cidofovir, aciclovir (acyclovir), valaciclovir, ganciclovir, valganciclovir and probenecid may compete for renal excretion. Tenofovir levels are increased when prescribed with some HIV protease inhibitors. The co-administration of tenofovir with didanosine leads to didanosine accumulation which is thought to occur through inhibition of purine nucleoside phosphorylase. This has been associated with impaired immune recovery and several cases of lactic acidosis and pancreatitis. If tenofovir is combined with didanosine the dose of didanosine should be reduced to 200 mg (<60 kg) or 250 mg (≥60 kg) per day and the patient monitored for symptoms of didanosine toxicity.
  • Clinical UseChronic hepatitis B infection
  • Clinical UseTreatment of HIV infection in adults and children (in combination with other antiretroviral drugs)
  • Side effectsIn clinical trials of antiretroviral treatment-naive participants, the most commonly reported adverse events were mild to moderate gastrointestinal upset (nausea 8%, diarrhea 11%), headache (14%) and depression (11%). Tenofovir has the potential to result in nephrotoxicity, particularly through proximal tubular damage, but the risk of clinically significant renal dysfunction appears relatively low and seems to occur mainly in subjects with other identifiable risks for renal impairment. Minor elevations in serum creatinine and reductions in creatinine clearance occur, but rarely require drug discontinuation.
    A few (<0.1%) cases of osteomalacia and decreased bone density have been reported.
  • Side effectsTenofovir is taken once daily and is generally well tolerated, perhaps because it produces less mitochondrial toxicity than the NRTIs. Nausea, vomiting, flatulence, and diarrhea occur in 10% or fewer patients. Resistance to tenofovir has been documented, and cross-resistance to NRTIs may occur.
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