Darbepoetin alfa
Accession Number
DB00012  (BTD00032, BIOD00032)
Approved, Investigational
Biologic Classification
Protein Based Therapies
Haematopoietic growth factors

Human erythropoietin with 2 aa substitutions to enhance glycosylation (5 N-linked chains), 165 residues (MW=37 kD). Produced in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells by recombinant DNA technology.

Protein structure
Protein chemical formula
Protein average weight
18396.1 Da
>DB00012 sequence
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  • Darbepoetin
  • Darbepoetin alfa,recombinant
  • Darbepoetina alfa
Prescription Products
NameDosageStrengthRouteLabellerMarketing StartMarketing End
AranespInjection, solution50 μgIntravenous; SubcutaneousAmgen Europe B.V.2001-06-08Not applicableEu
AranespInjection, solution100 ug/0.5mLIntravenous; SubcutaneousAMGEN INC2006-09-252010-02-16Us
AranespInjection, solution40 μgIntravenous; SubcutaneousAmgen Europe B.V.2001-06-08Not applicableEu
AranespInjection, solution15 μgIntravenous; SubcutaneousAmgen Europe B.V.2001-06-08Not applicableEu
AranespInjection, solution15 μgIntravenous; SubcutaneousAmgen Europe B.V.2001-06-08Not applicableEu
AranespSolution200 mcgIntravenous; SubcutaneousAmgen2014-03-26Not applicableCanada
AranespInjection, solution60 μgSubcutaneousAmgen Europe B.V.2001-06-08Not applicableEu
AranespSolution60 ug/1mLIntravenous; SubcutaneousAMGEN INC2006-09-11Not applicableUs
AranespInjection, solution100 μgIntravenous; SubcutaneousAmgen Europe B.V.2001-06-08Not applicableEu
AranespSolution40 ug/1mLIntravenous; SubcutaneousAMGEN INC2001-10-012010-02-16Us
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For the treatment of anemia (from renal transplants or certain HIV treatment)

Associated Conditions

Darbepoetin alfa is used in the treatment of anemia. It is involved in the regulation of erythrocyte differentiation and the maintenance of a physiological level of circulating erythrocyte mass.

Mechanism of action

Darbepoetin alfa stimulates erythropoiesis by the same mechanism as endogenous erythropoietin. Erythropoietin interacts with progenitor stem cells to increase red cell production. Binding of erythropoietin to the erythropoietin receptor leads to receptor dimerization, which facilitates activation of JAK-STAT signaling pathways within the cytosol. Activated STAT (signal transducers and activators of transcription) proteins are then translocated to the nucleus where they serve as transcription factors which regulate the activation of specific genes involved in cell division or differentiation.

AErythropoietin receptor
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Affected organisms
  • Humans and other mammals
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Pharmacogenomic Effects/ADRs
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Drug Interactions
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10-hydroxycamptothecinThe risk or severity of Thrombosis can be increased when Darbepoetin alfa is combined with 10-hydroxycamptothecin.
2-(4-Chlorophenyl)-5-QuinoxalinecarboxamideThe risk or severity of Thrombosis can be increased when Darbepoetin alfa is combined with 2-(4-Chlorophenyl)-5-Quinoxalinecarboxamide.
2-chloroethyl-3-sarcosinamide-1-nitrosoureaThe risk or severity of Thrombosis can be increased when Darbepoetin alfa is combined with 2-chloroethyl-3-sarcosinamide-1-nitrosourea.
2-MethoxyestradiolThe risk or severity of Thrombosis can be increased when Darbepoetin alfa is combined with 2-Methoxyestradiol.
3,4-Dihydroxybenzoic AcidThe risk or severity of Thrombosis can be increased when Darbepoetin alfa is combined with 3,4-Dihydroxybenzoic Acid.
6-O-benzylguanineThe risk or severity of Thrombosis can be increased when Darbepoetin alfa is combined with 6-O-benzylguanine.
7-ethyl-10-hydroxycamptothecinThe risk or severity of Thrombosis can be increased when Darbepoetin alfa is combined with 7-ethyl-10-hydroxycamptothecin.
7-HydroxystaurosporineThe risk or severity of Thrombosis can be increased when Darbepoetin alfa is combined with 7-Hydroxystaurosporine.
8-azaguanineThe risk or severity of Thrombosis can be increased when Darbepoetin alfa is combined with 8-azaguanine.
9-aminocamptothecinThe risk or severity of Thrombosis can be increased when Darbepoetin alfa is combined with 9-aminocamptothecin.
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ATC Codes
B03XA02 — Darbepoetin alfa
AHFS Codes
  • 20:16.00 — Hematopoietic Agents

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials
1Active Not RecruitingTreatmentAnemia Associated With Chronic Kidney Disease1
1CompletedOtherHealthy Volunteers1
1CompletedOtherReticulocyte Count1
1CompletedTreatmentHealthy Volunteers2
1Unknown StatusTreatmentSymptomatic Anemia1
1WithdrawnTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)1
1, 2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Congestive Heart Failure1
1, 2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Tumors, Solid1
1, 2CompletedTreatmentBlood Cancers / Myelodysplastic Syndromes / Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)1
1, 2CompletedTreatmentHypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) / Hypoxic-Ischaemic Encephalopathy1
2CompletedPreventionAnemia / Prostate Cancer1
2CompletedSupportive CareAnemia / Disorders, Lymphoproliferative / Leukemias / Malignant Lymphomas / Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm / Precancerous Conditions / Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific1
2CompletedSupportive CareAnemia / Non-Myeloid Malignancies1
2CompletedSupportive CareLymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse (DLBCL)1
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Breast Cancer1
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)1
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Congestive Heart Failure1
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Drug/Agent Toxicity by Tissue/Organ / Lung Cancers / Neutropenia1
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Genital Neoplasms, Female / Gynecological Malignancies1
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Heart Failure1
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Lung Cancer Non-Small Cell Cancer (NSCLC)1
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Malignancies1
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Malignancies / Non-Myeloid Malignancies2
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Neoplasms1
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Non-Myeloid Malignancies2
2CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Renal Insufficiency,Chronic2
2CompletedTreatmentBreast Cancer1
2CompletedTreatmentBreast Cancer / Early Breast Cancer / Stage II Breast Cancer1
2CompletedTreatmentChronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) / Malignant Lymphomas / Multiple Myeloma (MM) / Neoplasms, Breast / Neoplasms, Lung1
2CompletedTreatmentMalignant Lymphomas1
2CompletedTreatmentMyelodysplastic Syndrome1
2CompletedTreatmentMyelodysplastic Syndromes1
2CompletedTreatmentMyocardial Infarction1
2CompletedTreatmentNeuroprotection / Spinal Ischemia / Stroke1
2CompletedTreatmentNewborn Infants1
2CompletedTreatmentRenal Anemia Associated With Chronic Renal Failure (CRF)1
2CompletedTreatmentTraumatic Brain Injury (TBI)1
2Not Yet RecruitingTreatmentAnemia / Blood Pressures / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)1
2Not Yet RecruitingTreatmentNeonatal Encephalopathy1
2RecruitingTreatmentHypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Mild / Neonatal Encephalopathy1
2RecruitingTreatmentNeonatal Stroke / PAIS / Perinatal Stroke1
2TerminatedPreventionAnemia / Neoplasms1
2TerminatedSupportive CareAnemia / Anemia of Cancer / Carcinoma NOS / Malignancies / Neoplasms / Non-Myeloid Malignancies1
2TerminatedTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)1
2TerminatedTreatmentAnemia / Malignancies / Neoplasms1
2TerminatedTreatmentMyelodysplastic Syndrome1
2Unknown StatusTreatmentMyelodysplastic Syndromes1
2, 3CompletedTreatmentHaematological Malignancies1
2, 3RecruitingTreatmentErythroblastosis Fetalis Due to Isoimmunization / Erythroblastosis Fetalis Due to RH Antibodies / Erythroblastosis Fetalis, Rh Disease / Erythroblastosis, Fetal1
2, 3TerminatedPreventionAcute Kidney Injury (AKI)1
2, 3TerminatedSupportive CareAnemia / Prostatic Neoplasms1
2, 3Unknown StatusTreatmentMyelodysplastic Syndromes1
3Active Not RecruitingTreatmentAnemia1
3Active Not RecruitingTreatmentAnemia / Non-dialysis-dependent Chronic Kidney Disease2
3Active Not RecruitingTreatmentNeonatal / Neurocognitive / Neurodevelopmental Impairment / Neuroprotective1
3CompletedNot AvailableAnemia1
3CompletedSupportive CareAnemia / Disorders, Lymphoproliferative / Leukemias / Malignant Lymphomas / Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm / Precancerous Conditions / Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific1
3CompletedSupportive CareAnemia / Disorders, Lymphoproliferative / Leukemias / Malignant Lymphomas / Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm / Precancerous/Nonmalignant Condition / Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific1
3CompletedSupportive CareSmith-Magenis Syndrome1
3CompletedTreatmentAcute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Not on Dialysis / Management of Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Not on Dialysis1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia in Chronic Kidney Disease in Non-dialysis Patients1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia in Subjects With DD-CKD1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia of Chronic Kidney Disease1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia; Non-dialysis Dependent Chronic Kidney Disease1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Anemia and Renal Insufficiency, Chronic / Renal Insufficiency,Chronic3
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Cardiovascular Heart Disease / Congestive Heart Failure / Heart Failure / Ventricular Dysfunction1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) / Chronic Renal Failure (CRF)2
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) / End Stage Renal Failure on Dialysis1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Diabetes Mellitus / Kidney Diseases1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Kidney Diseases1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Malignancies2
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Neoplasms1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Non-Myeloid Malignancies2
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Renal Anemia, Chronic1
3CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Hemodialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (HDD-CKD)1
3CompletedTreatmentBreast Cancer1
3CompletedTreatmentChronic Kidney Disease (CKD)1
3CompletedTreatmentChronic Kidney Disease (CKD) / Diabetes1
3CompletedTreatmentChronic Kidney Disease (CKD) / Kidney Diseases3
3CompletedTreatmentChronic Renal Failure (CRF)1
3CompletedTreatmentDiffuse Large Cell Lymphoma1
3CompletedTreatmentEnd Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) / Pre-Dialysis1
3CompletedTreatmentIron Deficiency Anemia caused by hemodialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (HDD-CKD)2
3CompletedTreatmentKidney Diseases3
3CompletedTreatmentMalignancies / Non-Myeloid Malignancies1
3CompletedTreatmentMyelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)1
3CompletedTreatmentSmall Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)1
3RecruitingTreatmentAnemia of Chronic Kidney Disease1
3RecruitingTreatmentAnemia / Hemodialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (HDD-CKD) / Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease / Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease1
3TerminatedSupportive CareAnemia / Lung Cancer Non-Small Cell Cancer (NSCLC) / Lung Cancers / Malignancies1
3TerminatedTreatmentAnemia / Cardiovascular Heart Disease / Congestive Heart Failure / Heart Failure / Ventricular Dysfunction1
3TerminatedTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)1
3TerminatedTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) / Kidney Diseases1
3Unknown StatusNot AvailableMyelodysplastic Syndrome1
3WithdrawnTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)1
3WithdrawnTreatmentAnemia / Hemodialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (HDD-CKD)1
4CompletedNot AvailableAnemia / Neoplasms1
4CompletedBasic ScienceRenal Anemia1
4CompletedPreventionAnemia / Chronic Renal Failure (CRF)1
4CompletedTreatmentAnemia of End Stage Renal Disease1
4CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)1
4CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Neoplasms1
4CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Renal Anemia, Chronic1
4CompletedTreatmentAnemia / Cancer treatment1
4CompletedTreatmentChronic Kidney Disease (CKD) / Kidney Diseases / Pre-Dialysis / Pre-ESRD / Renal Insufficiency,Chronic3
4CompletedTreatmentColorectal Cancers1
4CompletedTreatmentEnd Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)1
4CompletedTreatmentKidney Diseases2
Not AvailableActive Not RecruitingTreatmentAnemia / Malignancies1
Not AvailableCompletedNot AvailableAnemia / Cardiomyopathy / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)1
Not AvailableCompletedNot AvailableAnemia / Chronic Renal Failure (CRF)1
Not AvailableCompletedNot AvailableCardiovascular Heart Disease / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)1
Not AvailableCompletedPreventionSarcomas1
Not AvailableCompletedTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) / Peritoneal Dialysis, Continuous Ambulatory1
Not AvailableCompletedTreatmentAnemia / Congestive Heart Failure1
Not AvailableCompletedTreatmentErythropoiesis Stimulating Agent Pharmacodynamics1
Not AvailableCompletedTreatmentMalignancies, Hematologic1
Not AvailableTerminatedNot AvailableChronic Kidney Disease, Receiving Dialysis1
Not AvailableTerminatedTreatmentAnemia / Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) / Diabetes Mellitus1
Not AvailableUnknown StatusTreatmentBreast Cancer1


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  • Amgen Inc.
  • Physicians Total Care Inc.
Dosage forms
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous10 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous10 ug/0.4mL
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous100 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous100 ug/0.5mL
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous130 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous15 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous150 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous150 ug/0.3mL
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous20 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous200 ug/0.4mL
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous200 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous25 ug/0.42mL
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous25 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous30 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous300 ug/0.6mL
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous300 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous40 ug/0.4mL
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous40 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous40 ug/.4mL
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous50 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous500 ug/1mL
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous500 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous60 ug/0.3mL
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous60 μg
Injection, solutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous80 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous10 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous100 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous130 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous15 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous150 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous20 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous30 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous300 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous40 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous50 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous500 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous60 μg
Injection, solutionSubcutaneous80 μg
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous100 ug/1mL
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous100 mcg
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous15 mcg
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous150 ug/0.75mL
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous200 mcg
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous200 ug/1mL
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous25 ug/1mL
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous25 mcg
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous300 ug/1mL
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous325 mcg
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous40 mcg
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous40 ug/1mL
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous500 mcg
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous60 mcg
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous60 ug/1mL
SolutionIntravenous; Subcutaneous
Unit descriptionCostUnit
Aranesp (Albumin Free) 150 mcg/0.75ml Solution (1 Box = Four 0.75ml Vials)3902.75USD box
Aranesp (Albumin Free) 100 mcg/0.5ml Solution (1 Box = Four 0.5ml Syringes)2601.83USD box
Aranesp (Albumin Free) 100 mcg/ml Solution Four 1ml Vials Per Box2601.83USD box
Aranesp (Albumin Free) 300 mcg/ml vial1951.37USD vial
Aranesp 300 mcg/ml vial1876.32USD ml
Aranesp 200 mcg/ml vial1250.88USD ml
Aranesp 100 mcg/ml vial625.44USD ml
Aranesp (Albumin Free) 60 mcg/ml vial390.31USD vial
Aranesp 60 mcg/ml vial375.3USD ml
Aranesp 40 mcg/ml vial250.2USD ml
Aranesp (Albumin Free) 25 mcg/ml vial162.61USD vial
Aranesp 25 mcg/ml vial156.36USD ml
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Experimental Properties
melting point (°C)53 °CArakawa, T. et al., Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem. 65:1321-1327 (2001)
hydrophobicity-0.188Not Available
isoelectric point8.75Not Available


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Organic Compounds
Super Class
Organic Acids
Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives
Sub Class
Amino Acids, Peptides, and Analogues
Direct Parent
Alternative Parents
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Molecular Framework
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External Descriptors
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Pharmacological action
General Function
Identical protein binding
Specific Function
Receptor for erythropoietin. Mediates erythropoietin-induced erythroblast proliferation and differentiation. Upon EPO stimulation, EPOR dimerizes triggering the JAK2/STAT5 signaling cascade. In som...
Gene Name
Uniprot ID
Uniprot Name
Erythropoietin receptor
Molecular Weight
55064.725 Da
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  2. Kokhaei P, Abdalla AO, Hansson L, Mikaelsson E, Kubbies M, Haselbeck A, Jernberg-Wiklund H, Mellstedt H, Osterborg A: Expression of erythropoietin receptor and in vitro functional effects of epoetins in B-cell malignancies. Clin Cancer Res. 2007 Jun 15;13(12):3536-44. [PubMed:17575216]
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