NCI Drug Dictionary

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The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

A semisynthetic derivative of podophyllotoxin with antineoplastic activity. Teniposide forms a ternary complex with the enzyme topoisomerase II and DNA, resulting in dose-dependent single- and double-stranded breaks in DNA, DNA: protein cross-links, inhibition of DNA strand religation, and cytotoxicity. This agent acts in the late S or early G phase of the cell cycle. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

US brand name:Vumon
Foreign brand name:Vehem
Code name:VM-26
Chemical structure:
  • [5R-[5Alpha,5a beta,8a alpha, 9beta(R*)]]-5,8,8a,9-tetrahydro-5-(4-hydroxy-3,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-9-[[4,6-O-(2-thienylmethylene)-beta-D-glucopyranosyl]oxy]furo[3',4':6,7]-naphtho[2,3-d]-1,3-dioxol-6(5aH)-one
  • 4'-Demethylepipodophyllotoxin 9-(4,6-O-2-Thenylidene-beta-D-glucopyranoside)
  • 4'-Demethylepipodophyllotoxin-beta-D-thenylidine Glucoside