NCI Drug Dictionary
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.
An orally available inhibitor of the receptor tyrosine kinase activity of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) with antineoplastic activity. Upon administration, ceritinib binds to and inhibits wild-type ALK kinase, ALK fusion proteins and ALK point mutation variants. Inhibition of ALK leads to both the disruption of ALK-mediated signaling and the inhibition of cell growth in ALK-overexpressing tumor cells. ALK belongs to the insulin receptor superfamily and plays an important role in nervous system development. ALK dysregulation and gene rearrangements are associated with a variety of tumor cell types. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
US brand name: Zykadia Code name: LDK378 Chemical structure: 2,4-pyrimidinediamine, 5-chloro-N4-(2-((1-methylethyl)sulfonyl)phenyl)-N2-(5-methyl-2-(1-methylethoxy)-4-(4-piperidinyl)phenyl)-