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An active metabolite of folic acid (also called folinic acid and citrovorum factor), which does not require metabolism by dihydrofolate reductase, the molecular target of folate antagonist-type chemotherapeutic drugs. Leucovorin calcium counteracts the toxic effects of these medications, 'rescuing' the patient while permitting the antitumor activity of the folate antagonist. This agent also potentiates the effects of fluorouracil and its derivatives by stabilizing the binding of the drug's metabolite to its target enzyme, thus prolonging drug activity. Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
|Synonyms:||calcium (6S)-folinate |
Folinic Acid Calcium Salt Pentahydrate
|US brand name:||Wellcovorin|
|Foreign brand names:||Adinepar |
|Chemical structures:||5-formyl tetrahydrofolate |