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.

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aminocamptothecin
A water-insoluble camptothecin derivative. Aminocamptothecin binds to the nuclear enzyme topoisomerase I, thereby inhibiting repair of single-strand DNA breakages. Because the terminal lactone ring of aminocamptothecin required for the agent's antitumor activity spontaneously opens under physiological conditions to an inactive carboxy form, the drug must be administered over an extended period of time to achieve effective cytotoxicity. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:9-aminocamptothecin
9-amino-camptothecin
9-amino-CPT
Abbreviation:9-AC
Chemical structure:
  • 9-amino-20(S)-camptothecin
  • 9-amino-20-camptothecin