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Floxuridine


ACCESSION NB: DB00322 (APRD00692)


TYPE: small molecule


GROUP: approved


DESCRIPTION:
An antineoplastic antimetabolite that is metabolized to fluorouracil when administered by rapid injection. Floxuridine is available as a sterile, nonpyrogenic, lyophilized powder for reconstitution. When administered by slow, continuous, intra-arterial infusion, it is converted to floxuridine monophosphate. It has been used to treat hepatic metastases of gastrointestinal adenocarcinomas and for palliation in malignant neoplasms of the liver and gastrointestinal tract. [PubChem]

VOLUME OF DISTRIBUTION: Not Available

CATEGORIES:
Antimetabolites Antineoplastics Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic

ABSORPTION: Not Available

INDICATION:
For palliative management of gastrointestinal adenocarcinoma metastatic to the liver, when given by continuous regional intra-arterial infusion in carefully selected patients who are considered incurable by surgery or other means. Also for the palliative management of liver cancer (usually administered by hepatic intra-arterial infusion).

PHARMACODYNAMICS:
Floxuridine is a pyrimidine analog that acts as an inhibitor of the S-phase of cell division. This selectively kills rapidly dividing cells. Floxuridine is an anti-metabolite. Anti-metabolites masquerade as pyramidine-like molecules which prevents normal pyrimidines from being incorporated into DNA during the S phase of the cell cycle. Flurouracil (the end-product of catabolism of floxuridine) blocks an enzyme which converts cytosine nucleosides into the deoxy derivative. In addition, DNA synthesis is further inhibited because fluoruracil blocks the incorporation of the thymdine nucleotide into the DNA strand.

MECHANISM OF ACTION:
Floxuridine is rapidly catabolized to 5-fluorouracil, which is the active form of the drug. The primary effect is interference with DNA synthesis and to a lesser extent, inhibition of RNA formation through the drug's incorporation into RNA, thus leading to the production of fraudulent RNA. Fluorouracil also inhibits uracil riboside phophorylase, which prevents the utilization of preformed uracil in RNA synthesis. As well, the monophosphate of floxuridine, 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine-5'-phosphate (FUDR-MP) inhibits the enzyme thymidylate synthetase. This leads to the inhibition of methylation of deoxyuridylic acid to thymidylic acid, thus interfering with DNA synthesis.

PROTEIN BINDING:
Not Available

METABOLISM:
Hepatic. Enzyme Metabolite Reaction Km Vmax Thymidine phosphorylase 5-fluorouracil Cytochrome P450 2A6 5-fluorouracil

TOXICITY:
Oral, rat LD50: 215 mg/kg. Signs of overdose include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal ulceration and bleeding, and bone marrow depression (including thrombocytopenia, leukopenia and agranulocytosis).

AFECTED ORGANISMS:
Humans and other mammals