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.

carbon C 13 acetate
The non-radioactive, naturally occurring isotope of acetate, carbon C 13 acetate, with potential use for metabolic tumor imaging upon nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Upon infusion, carbon C 13 acetate is taken up by cancer cells and is utilized by metabolic pathways in the tumor cell. Specifically, the tumor cells oxidize acetate, in the form of acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA), in the citric acid cycle. Upon 13C-NMR, the metabolic phenotype of a tumor can be assessed. Certain alternative metabolic pathways are activated in tumor cells and use substrates other than glucose, such as acetate, for acetyl-CoA production. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:1,2-13C acetate
2-13C acetate