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≥98% (HPLC)

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≥98% (HPLC)




white to beige


DMSO: 5 mg/mL, clear (warmed)

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Gene Information

human ... hRas(3265)
mouse ... hRas(15461)
rat ... hRas(293621)

General description

Erastin is a cell-permeable piperazinyl-quinazolinone. It interacts with antiporter system Xc-.


Erastin has been used:
  • as a positive control for inducing ferroptosis in hepatic stellate cell (HSC)
  • to induce ferroptosis and in transferrin internalization assay of human fibrosarcoma HT1080 cells
  • to induce ferroptosis of muscle-derived cell lines


1, 5 mg in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Erastin is an antitumor agent selective for tumor cells bearing oncogenic RAS (i.e. HRAS, KRAS). Erastin produces ferroptosis, a non-apoptotic tumor cell death, by altering mitochondrial voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) gating allowing cations to enter mitochondria and leading to release of oxidative species causing oxidative cell death.

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6.1D - Non-combustible, acute toxic Cat.3 / toxic hazardous materials or hazardous materials causing chronic effects

WGK Germany


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Not applicable

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dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves

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Sonam Dolma et al.
Cancer cell, 3(3), 285-296 (2003-04-05)
We used synthetic lethal high-throughput screening to interrogate 23,550 compounds for their ability to kill engineered tumorigenic cells but not their isogenic normal cell counterparts. We identified known and novel compounds with genotype-selective activity, including doxorubicin, daunorubicin, mitoxantrone, camptothecin, sangivamycin...
The ferroptosis inducer erastin promotes proliferation and differentiation in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells
Wang D, et al.
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 503(3), 1689-1695 (2018)
Cell growth potential drives ferroptosis susceptibility in rhabdomyosarcoma and myoblast cell lines
Codenotti S, et al.
Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology, 144(9), 1717-1730 (2018)
Antonio Bruni et al.
Cell death & disease, 9(6), 595-595 (2018-05-24)
Human islet transplantation has been hampered by donor cell death associated with the islet preparation procedure before transplantation. Regulated necrosis pathways are biochemically and morphologically distinct from apoptosis. Recently, ferroptosis was identified as a non-apoptotic form of iron-dependent regulated necrosis...
Jiao Wu et al.
Nature, 572(7769), 402-406 (2019-07-26)
Ferroptosis, a cell death process driven by cellular metabolism and iron-dependent lipid peroxidation, has been implicated in diseases such as ischaemic organ damage and cancer1,2. The enzyme glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPX4) is a central regulator of ferroptosis, and protects cells...


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