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Actinomycin D

Actinomycin D
Actinomycin D structure
Chemical Name:
Actinomycin D
Molecular Formula:
C62 H86 N12 O16
Formula Weight:
MOL File:

Actinomycin D Properties

Melting point:
251-253 °C
Boiling point:
848°C (rough estimate)
1.0757 (rough estimate)
refractive index 
1.5700 (estimate)
Flash point:
storage temp. 
ethanol, DMSO: Stable in aqueous solutions at 2-8 °C.soluble
red, powder
optical activity
[α]/D alpha: 28/D (Rotation: -315 degrees (c=0.25% in methanol))
Water Solubility 
Stable, but light sensitive, especially in dilute solution. Incompatible with strong acids, strong bases, strong oxidizing agents. Combustible.
CAS DataBase Reference
50-76-0(CAS DataBase Reference)
EPA Substance Registry System
Actinomycin D(50-76-0)
  • Risk and Safety Statements
  • Hazard and Precautionary Statements (GHS)
Hazard Codes  T+
Risk Statements  28-61-40-45-26/27/28
Safety Statements  53-36/37/39-45-1-36/37-28-22
RIDADR  UN 3462 6.1/PG 2
WGK Germany  3
RTECS  AU1575000
HazardClass  6.1(a)
PackingGroup  II
HS Code  29419000
Hazardous Substances Data 50-76-0(Hazardous Substances Data)
Signal word: Danger
Hazard statements:
Code Hazard statements Hazard class Category Signal word Pictogram P-Codes
H227 Combustible liquid Flammable liquids Category 4 Warning P210, P280, P370+P378, P403+P235,P501
H300 Fatal if swallowed Acute toxicity,oral Category 1, 2 Danger P264, P270, P301+P310, P321, P330,P405, P501
H351 Suspected of causing cancer Carcinogenicity Category 2 Warning P201, P202, P281, P308+P313, P405,P501
H360 May damage fertility or the unborn child Reproductive toxicity Category 1A, 1B Danger
Precautionary statements:
P201 Obtain special instructions before use.
P264 Wash hands thoroughly after handling.
P264 Wash skin thouroughly after handling.
P280 Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
P301+P310 IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician.
P308+P313 IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention.
P405 Store locked up.
P403+P235 Store in a well-ventilated place. Keep cool.

Actinomycin D price More Price(25)

Manufacturer Product number Product description CAS number Packaging Price Updated Buy
Sigma-Aldrich 01815 Actinomycin D for fluorescence, ≥90% (HPLC), from 50-76-0 10mg-f $244 2018-11-22 Buy
Sigma-Aldrich 114666 Actinomycin D 50-76-0 1set $250 2018-11-20 Buy
Alfa Aesar J60148 Actinomycin D 50-76-0 5mg $78.8 2018-11-13 Buy
Alfa Aesar J67160 Actinomycin D, 1 mg/ml in DMSO, sterile-filtered 50-76-0 1ml $120 2018-11-13 Buy
Cayman Chemical 11421 Actinomycin D ≥95% 50-76-0 10mg $94 2018-11-13 Buy

Actinomycin D Chemical Properties,Uses,Production

Chemical Properties

red crystalline powder

Chemical Properties

Actinomycin D is a combustible, bright red crystalline solid.


Antibiotic substance belonging to the actinomycin complex, produced by several Streptomyces spp. Antineoplastic


An antineoplastic antibiotic that inhibits cell proliferation by forming a stable complex with DNA and blocking the movement of RNA polymerase which interferes with DNA-dependent RNA synthesis. Induces apoptosis. Potent antitumor agent.


antineoplastic, intercalating agent


Actinomycin D is the most studied member of a family of unique bicyclic depsipeptides produced by several Streptomyces species. The depsipeptides are linked by a heterocyclic benzoxazone "anchor" that gives the metabolites a highly distinctive red/orange colour. Actinomycin D exhibits potent antibiotic and antitumour activity via DNA intercalation leading to the inhibition of nucleic acid synthesis. Tumour cell death has been demonstrated to occur by apoptosis.


Actinomycin D is the most studied member of a family of unique bicyclic depsipeptides produced by several Streptomyces species. The depsipeptides are linked by a heterocyclic benzoxazone "anchor" that gives the metabolites a highly distinctive red/orange colour. Actinomycin D exhibits potent antibiotic and antitumor activity via DNA intercalation leading to the inhibition of nucleic acid synthesis. Tumor cell death has been demonstrated to occur by apoptosis.

brand name

Cosmegen (Ovation).

General Description

Dactinomycin is available in vials containing 0.5 mg of drugfor reconstitution in sterile water for IV administration Thisantibiotic is most effective in the treatment of rhabdomyosarcomaand Wilms tumor in children as well as in the treatmentof choriocarcinoma, Ewing sarcoma, Kaposi sarcoma, andtesticular carcinoma. The pharmacokinetics of dactinomycinhas not been well characterized, but it appears to concentratein nucleated blood cells. The agent is 5% to 15% plasmaprotein bound and is excreted mostly unchanged in urineand bile. Other metabolites have not been characterized.The terminal elimination half-life is 30 to 40 hours.Myelosuppression is dose limiting with both leucopenia andthrombocytopenia being the most likely presentation. Nauseaand vomiting occur shortly (2 hours) after treatment and maybe severe. Mucositis and diarrhea also result from irritation ofthe GI tract. Hair loss is commonly associated with the agentas is hyperpigmentation of the skin and erythema.

General Description

Bright red rhomboid prisms or red powder.

Air & Water Reactions

Water soluble.

Reactivity Profile

Actinomycin D can react with strong oxidizing agents, strong acids and strong bases.

Fire Hazard

Flash point data for Actinomycin D are not available. Actinomycin D is probably combustible.

Biological Activity

Anti-neoplastic antibiotic. Inhibits RNA polymerase and is a potent inducer of apoptosis.

Potential Exposure

An antibiotic product from streptomyces, used as anticancer and veterinary drug

First aid

Move victim to fresh air. Call 911 or emergency medical service. Give artificial respiration if victim is not breathing. Do not use mouth-to-mouth method if victim ingested or inhaled the substance; give artificial respiration with the aid of a pocket mask equipped with a one-way valve or other proper respiratory medical device. Administer oxygen if breathing is difficult. Remove and isolate contaminated clothing and shoes. In case of contact with substance, immediately flush skin or eyes with running water for at least 20 minutes. For minor skin contact, avoid spreading material on unaffected skin. Keep victim warm and quiet. Effects of exposure (inhalation, ingestion or skin contact) to substance may be delayed. Ensure that medical personnel are aware of the material(s) involved and take precautions to protect themselves. Medical observation is recommended for 24 to 48 hours after breathing overexposure, as pulmonary edema may be delayed. As first aid for pulmonary edema, a doctor or authorized paramedic may consider administering a drug or other inhalation therapy.


UN2811 Toxic solids, organic, n.o.s., Hazard Class: 6.1; Labels: 6.1-Poisonous materials, Technical Name Required.

Purification Methods

It crystallises as bright red rhombic crystals from absolute EtOH or from MeOH/EtOH (1:3). It will also crystallise from EtOAc/cyclohexane (m 246-247o dec), CHCl3/pet ether ( m 245-246o dec), and EtOAc/MeOH/*C6H6 (m 241-243o dec). Its solubility in MeCN is 1mg/mL. [] D varies from -296o to -327o (c 0.2, MeOH). max (MeOH) 445, 240nm (log  4.43, 4.49), max (MeOH, 10N HCl, 1:1) 477nm (log  4.21) and max (MeOH, 0.1N NaOH) 458, 344, 285 (log  3.05, 4.28, 4.13). It is HIGHLY TOXIC, light sensitive and anti-neoplastic. [Bullock & Johnson, J Chem Soc 3280 1957, Beilstein 27 III/IV 9642.]


Incompatible with oxidizers (chlorates, nitrates, peroxides, permanganates, perchlorates, chlorine, bromine, fluorine, etc.); contact may cause fires or explosions. Keep away from alkaline materials, strong bases, strong acids, oxoacids, epoxides.

Actinomycin D Preparation Products And Raw materials

Raw materials

Preparation Products

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2018-12-19 Actinomycin D
US $7.00 / kg 1kg 99% 100kg career henan chemical co

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