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Structural formula
Structure of doxorubicin
Non-proprietary name Doxorubicin
other names
  • Hydroxyl daunorubicin
  • Adriamycin
  • (7 S , 9 S ) -7 - [(2 R , 4 S , 5 S , 6 S ) -4-amino-5-hydroxy-6-methyloxan-2-yl] oxy-6,9,11-trihydroxy -9- (2-hydroxyacetyl) -4-methoxy-8,10-dihydro-7 H -tetracene-5,12-dione ( IUPAC )
Molecular formula
  • C 27 H 29 NO 11 (doxorubicin)
  • C 27 H 29 NO 11 HCl (doxorubicin hydrochloride)
External identifiers / databases
CAS number
EC number 245-495-6
ECHA InfoCard 100,041,344
PubChem 31703
ChemSpider 29400
DrugBank DB00997
Wikidata Q18936
Drug information
ATC code

L01 DB01

Drug class


Mechanism of action


Molar mass
  • 543.52 g · mol -1 (doxorubicin)
  • 579.98 g · mol -1 (Doxorubicin Hydrochloride)
Physical state


Melting point

205 ° C (decomposition) (doxorubicin hydrochloride)

pK s value



Easily soluble in water, methanol, acetonitrile and tetrahydrofuran (doxorubicin hydrochloride)

safety instructions
Please note the exemption from the labeling requirement for drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, food and animal feed
GHS labeling of hazardous substances


07 - Warning 08 - Dangerous to health


H and P phrases H: 302-350
P: 201-308 + 313
Toxicological data

570 mg kg −1 ( LD 50mouseoral )

As far as possible and customary, SI units are used. Unless otherwise noted, the data given apply to standard conditions .

Doxorubicin is the hydroxy derivative of daunorubicin and belongs to the group of anthracyclines . The compound is a stereoisomer of epirubicin and is used as a stereochemically pure drug in chemotherapy ( cytostatic ). Doxorubicin belongs to the group of active substances called intercalants . The effect is based on the intercalation in the DNA .


Doxorubicin acts as an intercalant on planar connections in DNA and RNA. DNA synthesis is disrupted, topoisomerase II is inhibited and radical formation occurs.

Doxorubicin has fluorescence properties that can be used to study the discharge of doxorubicin from the cell. A involviertes in such processes protein is the first of a doxorubicin-resistant lung cancer - cell line cloned MRP1 of the family of ABC transporters . Doxorubicin can also be used to clarify the localization of the proteins involved in Multiple Drug Resistance and the role of organelles such as the Golgi apparatus and lysosomes .


Doxorubicin is used as a cytostatic agent in the treatment of tumors such. B. mammary carcinomas , bronchial carcinomas and lymphomas . The drug is administered intravenously in these indications . For the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in particular, it is used intraarterially as part of transarterial chemoembolization (TACE). It is applied either in an emulsion with an oily contrast medium (Lipiodol) or bound to drug-releasing particles.

Side effects

The most significant side effects include bone marrow depression , nephrotoxicity , cardiotoxicity (cumulative dose-dependent dilated cardiomyopathy ), ulceration and dermatotoxic effects. An accumulation in tumor-independent tissue such as the heart can take place; this is counteracted by means of PEGylation in order to concentrate the levels in the plasma and tumor tissue.

The most effective method of preventing doxorubicin-induced dilated cardiomyopathy ("adriamycin cardiopathy"), which can occur months after administration, is the administration of dexrazoxane .

Trade names

Monopreparations doxorubicin: Adriblastin (D, A, CH), Adrimedac (D), Ribodoxo (D), various generics (D, A, CH)

Monopreparation liposomal-encapsulated doxorubicin: Myocet (D, A)

Monopreparation PEG-liposomal-encapsulated doxorubicin: Caelyx (D, A, CH)


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Web links

Individual evidence

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  4. ^ Entry on doxorubicin in the ChemIDplus database of the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) .
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