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A9415

Sigma-Aldrich

Actinomycin D

from Streptomyces sp., suitable for cell culture, ≥95%

Synonym(s):
Dactinomycin, Actinomycin IV, Actinomycin C1
Empirical Formula (Hill Notation):
C62H86N12O16
CAS Number:
Molecular Weight:
1255.42
Beilstein:
605235
EC Number:
MDL number:
PubChem Substance ID:
NACRES:
NA.76

Quality Level

biological source

Streptomyces sp.

assay

≥95%

form

powder

technique(s)

cell culture | mammalian: suitable

color

red, powder

mp

251-253

solubility

ethanol, DMSO: soluble (Stable in aqueous solutions at 2-8 °C.)

antibiotic activity spectrum

neoplastics

Mode of action

DNA synthesis | interferes

storage temp.

2-8°C

SMILES string

CC(C)[C@H]1NC(=O)[C@@H](NC(=O)c2ccc(C)c3OC4=C(C)C(=O)C(N)=C(C(=O)N[C@H]5[C@@H](C)OC(=O)[C@H](C(C)C)N(C)C(=O)CN(C)C(=O)[C@@H]6CCCN6C(=O)[C@H](NC5=O)C(C)C)C4=Nc23)[C@@H](C)OC(=O)[C@H](C(C)C)N(C)C(=O)CN(C)C(=O)[C@@H]7CCCN7C1=O

InChI

1S/C62H86N12O16/c1-27(2)42-59(84)73-23-17-19-36(73)57(82)69(13)25-38(75)71(15)48(29(5)6)61(86)88-33(11)44(55(80)65-42)67-53(78)35-22-21-31(9)51-46(35)64-47-40(41(63)50(77)32(10)52(47)90-51)54(79)68-45-34(12)89-62(87)49(30(7)8)72(16)39(76)26-70(14)58(83)37-20-18-24-74(37)60(85)43(28(3)4)66-56(45)81/h21-22,27-30,33-34,36-37,42-45,48-49H,17-20,23-26,63H2,1-16H3,(H,65,80)(H,66,81)(H,67,78)(H,68,79)/t33-,34-,36+,37+,42-,43-,44+,45+,48+,49+/m1/s1

InChI key

RJURFGZVJUQBHK-IIXSONLDSA-N

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General description

Chemical structure: peptide

Packaging

2, 5, 10, 25 mg in glass bottle

Application

Actinomycin D is an antineoplastic antibiotic that inhibits cell proliferation with wide-ranging applications ranging from a selection agent in cell culture, use in studies of suppressing HIV-replication and programmed cell death of PC12 cells, and as an antibiotic in treatment of various malignant neoplasms, including Wilm′s tumour and the sarcomas. Recommended for us in cell culture applications at 1μg/mL.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Actinomycin D inhibits the proliferation of cells by forming a stable complex with double-stranded DNA, inhibiting DNA-primed RNA synthesis and causing single-stranded breaks in DNA. It has been shown to be an inhibitor of the minus-strand transfer step in reverse transcriptase.

Caution

This product is hygroscopic and light-sensitive. If stored protected from light and moisture at 2-8°C, it remains unchanged, by HPLC testing, for at least 15 months. Unused dilute solutions of Actinomycin D are extremely sensitive to light and tend to adsorb to plastic and glass and should be discarded. However, frozen aliquots of concentrated stock solution are stable for at least a month.

Preparation Note

Actinomycin D is sold as red, shiny crystals and is soluble in acetonitrilie or acetone at 10 mg/mL and in DMSO at a minimum of 1 mg/mL. Some references also show slight solubility in water of 0.5 mg/mL.

Other Notes

Keep container tightly closed in a dry and well-ventilated place. Keep in a dry place.

Pictograms

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Signal Word

Danger

Hazard Statements

Hazard Classifications

Acute Tox. 2 Oral - Carc. 1B - Repr. 1B

Storage Class Code

6.1A - Combustible, acute toxic Cat. 1 and 2 / very toxic hazardous materials

WGK

WGK 3

Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

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  5. How do you recommend dissolving Product No. A9415 (Actinomycin D)?

    Stock solutions of this product may be prepared at 10 mg/mL in either ethanol (EtOH) or dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO).

  6. How long are stock solutions of Actinomycin D (Product No. A9415) stable?

    Stock solutions of this product in DMSO or ethanol should be stored in foil-wrapped vials at -20 °C. In DMSO, solution can be stored for up to 1 month at -20 °C. Do not store in glass vials.

  7. What is the working concentration for Actinomycin D (Product No. A9415)?

    For cell culture applications, actinomycin D is used as a selection agent and is used in banding techniques to differentiate between different regions of chromosomes. Suggested working concentrations is 1 μg/mL.

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