SML0282 Sigma-Aldrich


≥98% (HPLC)

Synonym: 4-[1-(5,6,7,8-Tetrahydro-3,5,5,8,8-pentamethyl-2-naphthalenyl)ethenyl]benzoic acid, LGD-1069, SR-11247



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assay   ≥98% (HPLC)
form   powder
color   white to beige
solubility   DMSO: ≥15 mg/mL (warmed)
storage temp.   −20°C



Bexarotene has been used as retinoid x receptor (RXR) agonist:
• to study its effect on human oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) cell lines
• to test for cooperative cell killing of cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) with 966
• as a standard in HPLC for determining its potential impurities in drug substances and drug products

Bexarotene has been used:
• to investigate its effects on the changes in renal, cardiac, hepatic, and pulmonary expression/activity of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and CYP4F6
• to analyze the involvement of retinoid x receptor (RXR) homo or permissive heterodimers
• to study its potential impurities in drug substances and drug products


10, 50 mg in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Bexarotene is a highly selective retinoid X receptor (RXR) agonist. It is an antineoplastic agent, already approved as an oral antineoplastic agent for cutaneous T cell lymphoma and being investigated against other cancers. A study has found that bexarotene in a mouse Alzheimer′s model lowered the most toxic form of β-amyloid peptide and increased cognitive ability. The activity in the mouse Alzheimer′s models are believed to be by activating PPARγ:RXR and LXR:RXR dimers which induces the expression of apoE and facilitates Aβ clearance and promotes microglial phagocytosis.

Bexarotene is used to treat breast cancer.

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