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P4394 Sigma

cis-Diammineplatinum(II) dichloride


Synonym: cis-Dichlorodiammine platinum(II), cis-Platinum(II) diammine dichloride, Cisplatin



Biochem/physiol Actions

Potent platinum-based antineoplastic agent. Forms cytotoxic adducts with the DNA dinucleotide d(pGpG), inducing intrastrand cross-links.

Potent chemoimmunotherapeutic drug; stimulates the immune responses by activating macrophages and other cells of the immune system. Cisplatin-treated macrophages show increased antigen presentation function in vitro. Treatment increased cellular NF-κB content and translocation in macrophages. Cisplatin effects are regulated by kinases, phosphatases, and Ca2+/calmodulin. Forms cytotoxic adducts with the DNA dinucleotide d(pGpG), inducing intrastrand crosslinks.


1 g in glass bottle

100, 250 mg in glass bottle

25 mg in glass insert

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Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?
If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis. These documents are located on the product detail page under Useful Links & Tools. Click on the following link to search for a Certificate of Analysis. Please click the following link to see the details on our Product Dating Information.
What is the toxicity of Cisplatin, Product P4394?
This information can be found on the MSDS Section 11.  The MSDS is available from the product page on the Internet by clicking on the following link:http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/catalog/search/ProductDetail/SIGMA/P4394
How can solutions of Cisplatin, Product P4394, be stored?  
Sterile solutions in 0.9% sodium chloride protected from light are stable for 28 days at room temperature.
What is the best solvent to use for Cisplatin, Product P4394?
Pharmaceutical injections of cisplatin are in 0.9% sodium chloride at 1 mg/ml.  A 0.1% solution in 0.9% sodium chloride solution has a pH range of 4.5-6.0 immediately after preparation and can be adjusted with HCl.
What is the half-life of Cisplatin, Product P4394, in DMSO?
At 37 °C, the half-life of cisplatin in DMSO is 60 minutes. In vivo the half-life of cisplatin is approximately 30 minutes.
Why should DMSO not be used as a solvent for cis-Diammineplatinum (II) dichloride?
The divalent platinum has a high affinity for sulfur donor ligands and this will displace the chloride.  The use of DMSO as a solvent affects the instability of cisplatin and can affect biological activity.  Sundquist, W. I., et al., Inorg. Chem. 26:1524-1528, 1987.
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