Ladakamycin - General Information

A pyrimidine analogue that inhibits DNA methyltransferase, impairing DNA methylation. It is also an antimetabolite of cytidine, incorporated primarily into RNA. Azacytidine has been used as an antineoplastic agent. [PubChem]


Pharmacology of Ladakamycin

Ladakamycin is believed to exert its antineoplastic effects by causing hypomethylation of DNA and direct cytotoxicity on abnormal hematopoietic cells in the bone marrow. The concentration of azacitidine required for maximum inhibition of DNA methylation in vitro does not cause major suppression of DNA synthesis. Hypomethylation may restore normal function to genes that are critical for differentiation and proliferation. The cytotoxic effects of azacitidine cause the death of rapidly dividing cells, including cancer cells that are no longer responsive to normal growth control mechanisms. Non-proliferating cells are relatively insensitive to azacitidine.


Ladakamycin for patients

Patients should inform their physician about any underlying liver or renal disease. Women of childbearing potential should be advised to avoid becoming pregnant while receiving treatment with Azacitidine. Men should be advised to not father a child while receiving treatment with Azacitidine.


Ladakamycin Interactions

No formal assessments of drug-drug interactions between Vidaza and other agents have been conducted.


Ladakamycin Contraindications

Vidaza is contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to azacitidine or mannitol. Vidaza is also contraindicated in patients with advanced malignant hepatic tumors.


Additional information about Ladakamycin

Ladakamycin Indication: For treatment of patients with the following myelodysplastic syndrome subtypes: refractory anemia or refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts (if accompanied by neutropenia or thrombocytopenia or requiring transfusions), refractory anemia with excess blasts, refractory anemia with excess blasts in transformation, and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia.
Mechanism Of Action: Ladakamycin (5-azacytidine) causes hypomethylation of DNA and direct cytotoxicity in abnormal hematopoietic cells in the bone marrow, resulting in cell death. 5-azacytidine is a chemical analogue of the cytosine nucleoside used in DNA and RNA. Cells in the presence of 5-azacytidine incorporate it into DNA during transcription and RNA during translation. The incorporation of 5-azacytidine into DNA or RNA inhibits methyltransferase thereby causing demethylation in that sequence, affecting the way that cell regulation proteins are able to bind to the DNA/RNA substrate.
Drug Interactions: Not Available
Food Interactions: Not Available
Generic Name: Azacitidine
Synonyms: 5 AZC; Azacitidina [INN-Spanish]; Azacitidinum [INN-Latin]; Azacytidine
Drug Category: Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic; Enzyme Inhibitors
Drug Type: Small Molecule; Approved; Investigational

Other Brand Names containing Azacitidine: Ladakamycin; Mylosar; Vidaza;
Absorption: Azacitidine is rapidly absorbed after subcutaneous administration. The bioavailability of subcutaneous azacitidine relative to IV azacitidine is approximately 89%, based on area under the curve.
Toxicity (Overdose): One case of overdose with azacitidine was reported during clinical trials. A patient experienced diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting after receiving a single IV dose of approximately 290 mg/m2, almost 4 times the recommended starting dose.
Protein Binding: Not Available
Biotransformation: An in vitro study of azacitidine incubation in human liver fractions indicated that azacitidine may be metabolized by the liver. The potential of azacitidine to inhibit cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is not known.
Half Life: Mean elimination half-life is approximately 4 hours.
Dosage Forms of Ladakamycin: Injection, powder, for solution Subcutaneous
Chemical IUPAC Name: 4-amino-1-[(2R,3R,4S,5R)-3,4-dihydroxy-5-(hydroxymethyl)oxolan-2-yl]-1,3,5-triazin-2-one
Chemical Formula: C8H12N4O5
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Organisms Affected: Humans and other mammals