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.

epoetin zeta
A recombinant form of the endogenous human cytokine erythropoietin (EPO) with erythropoiesis-stimulating activity. Similar to EPO, epoetin zeta binds to and activates erythropoietin receptors on the surface of committed erythroid progenitors in the bone marrow resulting in their proliferation and differentiation into functional erythrocytes. This may enhance red blood cell counts and hemoglobin levels. Epoetin zeta differs from other epoetins in its glycosylation profile. EPO is a glycosylated polypeptide primarily produced by renal peritubular cells and its synthesis is regulated by a serum oxygenation feedback mechanism. Check for active clinical trials using this agent.
Foreign brand names:Retacrit
Code name:SB309