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.

triptolide analogue
A water soluble analogue of the diterpenoid triepoxide triptolide isolated from the Chinese herb Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F with potential antineoplastic activity. Upon intravenous administration, the triptolide analogue inhibits heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) and prevents HSP70-mediated inhibition of apoptosis. This leads to both the induction of apoptosis and a reduction of cancer cell growth. HSP70, a molecular chaperone upregulated in various cancer cells, plays a key role in the inhibition of caspase-dependent and -independent apoptosis. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

US brand name:Minnelide