Identification
NamePorfimer sodium
Accession NumberDB00707  (APRD00078)
TypeSmall Molecule
GroupsApproved, Investigational
Description

The purified component of hematoporphyrin derivative, it consists of a mixture of oligomeric porphyrins. It is used in photodynamic therapy (hematoporphyrin photoradiation); to treat malignant lesions with visible light and experimentally as an antiviral agent. It is the first drug to be approved in the use of photodynamic therapy in the United States.

Structure
Thumb
Synonyms
Porfimer natrium
Porfimer sodico
Porfimère sodique
Porfimerum natricum
External IDs Not Available
Product Ingredients Not Available
Approved Prescription ProductsNot Available
Approved Generic Prescription ProductsNot Available
Approved Over the Counter ProductsNot Available
Unapproved/Other Products Not Available
International Brands
NameCompany
PhotoBarrAxcan
Photofrin IINot Available
Brand mixturesNot Available
Categories
UNIIY3834SIK5F
CAS number87806-31-3
WeightNot Available
Chemical FormulaNot Available
InChI KeyNot Available
InChINot Available
IUPAC NameNot Available
SMILESNot Available
Pharmacology
Indication

Indicated in the treatment of esophageal cancer.

Structured Indications
Pharmacodynamics

Porfimer is a photosensitizing agent used in the photodynamic therapy (PDT) of tumors. Porfimer is indicated for the palliation of patients with completely obstructing esophageal cancer, or of patients with partially obstructing esophageal cancer who cannot be satisfactorily treated with Nd:YAG laser therapy, reduction of obstruction and palliation of symptoms in patients with completely or partially obstructing endobronchial nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and the treatment of microinvasive endobronchial NSCLC in patients for whom surgery and radiotherapy are not indicated. The cytotoxic and antitumor actions of porfimer are light and oxygen dependent. Tumor selectivity in treatment occurs through a combination of selective retention of porfimer and selective delivery of light.

Mechanism of action

Cellular damage caused by porfimer is a consequence of the propagation of radical reactions. Radical initiation may occur after porfimer absorbs light to form a porphyrin excited state. Spin transfer from porfimer to molecular oxygen may then generate singlet oxygen. Subsequent radical reactions can form superoxide and hydroxyl radicals. Tumor death also occurs through ischemic necrosis secondary to vascular occlusion that appears to be partly mediated by thromboxane A2 release.

TargetKindPharmacological actionActionsOrganismUniProt ID
Low-density lipoprotein receptorProteinunknown
other/unknown
HumanP01130 details
High affinity immunoglobulin gamma Fc receptor IProteinunknown
antagonist
HumanP12314 details
Related Articles
AbsorptionNot Available
Volume of distribution
  • 0.49 ± 0.28 L/kg [2 mg/kg dose of porfimer sodium to 4 male cancer patients]
Protein binding

~90%

MetabolismNot Available
Route of eliminationNot Available
Half life

10-452 hours

Clearance
  • Renal cl=199.7 +/-  56.9 mL/min [Healthy subjects receiving a single 300-mg oral dose]
ToxicityNot Available
Affected organisms
  • Humans and other mammals
PathwaysNot Available
Pharmacogenomic Effects/ADRs Not Available
Interactions
Drug Interactions
DrugInteractionDrug group
ACETOPHENONEACETOPHENONE may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Experimental
AcetyldigitoxinAcetyldigitoxin may decrease the cardiotoxic activities of Porfimer.Approved
Aminolevulinic acidAminolevulinic acid may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Approved
BenzophenoneBenzophenone may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Approved
Bergapten5 Methoxypsoralen may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Investigational
BevacizumabBevacizumab may increase the cardiotoxic activities of Porfimer.Approved, Investigational
CabazitaxelThe risk or severity of adverse effects can be increased when Cabazitaxel is combined with Porfimer.Approved
CarprofenCarprofen may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Approved, Vet Approved, Withdrawn
CyamemazineCyamemazine may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Approved
CyclophosphamideCyclophosphamide may increase the cardiotoxic activities of Porfimer.Approved, Investigational
DeslanosideDeslanoside may decrease the cardiotoxic activities of Porfimer.Approved
DigitoxinDigitoxin may decrease the cardiotoxic activities of Porfimer.Approved
DigoxinDigoxin may decrease the cardiotoxic activities of Porfimer.Approved
DocetaxelThe risk or severity of adverse effects can be increased when Docetaxel is combined with Porfimer.Approved, Investigational
HexaminolevulinateHexaminolevulinate may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Approved
MethoxsalenMethoxsalen may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Approved
motexafin gadoliniummotexafin gadolinium may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Investigational
Motexafin lutetiumMotexafin lutetium may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Investigational
OleandrinAnvirzel may decrease the cardiotoxic activities of Porfimer.Experimental
OuabainOuabain may decrease the cardiotoxic activities of Porfimer.Approved
PaclitaxelThe risk or severity of adverse effects can be increased when Paclitaxel is combined with Porfimer.Approved, Vet Approved
ProtoporphyrinProtoporphyrin Ix may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Experimental
RiboflavinRiboflavin may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Approved, Nutraceutical, Vet Approved
TalaporfinTalaporfin may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Investigational
Tiaprofenic acidTiaprofenic acid may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Approved
Titanium dioxideTitanium dioxide may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Approved
TrastuzumabTrastuzumab may increase the cardiotoxic activities of Porfimer.Approved, Investigational
TrioxsalenTrioxsalen may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Approved
VerteporfinVerteporfin may increase the photosensitizing activities of Porfimer.Approved, Investigational
Food InteractionsNot Available
References
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
General ReferencesNot Available
External Links
ATC CodesL01XD01 — Porfimer sodium
AHFS Codes
  • 10:00.00
PDB Entries
FDA labelDownload (321 KB)
MSDSNot Available
Clinical Trials
Clinical Trials
PhaseStatusPurposeConditionsCount
1RecruitingTreatmentAcinar Cell Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas / Duct Cell Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas / Stage III Pancreatic Cancer1
1, 2CompletedTreatmentSuperficial Bladder Cancer1
2Active Not RecruitingTreatmentLung Cancers / Metastatic Cancers1
2CompletedDiagnosticHead and Neck Carcinoma1
2CompletedTreatmentEsophageal Cancers1
2CompletedTreatmentExtrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer / Gallbladder Cancer / Liver Cancer / Malignant Neoplasm of Pancreas1
2CompletedTreatmentHead and Neck Carcinoma / Precancerous/Nonmalignant Condition1
2CompletedTreatmentMesothelioma, Malignant1
2RecruitingTreatmentEpitheliod Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma1
2TerminatedTreatmentRecurrent Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma / Recurrent Laryngeal Verrucous Carcinoma / Recurrent Lip and Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma / Recurrent Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the Neck With Occult Primary / Recurrent Oral Cavity Verrucous Carcinoma / Recurrent Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma / Tongue Carcinoma1
3CompletedTreatmentBrain and Central Nervous System Tumors1
3CompletedTreatmentExtrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer / Gallbladder Cancer1
3RecruitingTreatmentStage I Esophageal Adenocarcinoma / Stage I Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma / Stage II Esophageal Adenocarcinoma / Stage II Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma / Stage III Esophageal Adenocarcinoma / Stage III Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma1
3Unknown StatusTreatmentBrain and Central Nervous System Tumors1
3WithdrawnTreatmentCholangiocarcinoma of the Extrahepatic Bile Duct / Cholangiocarcinoma of the Gallbladder / Recurrent Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer / Recurrent Gallbladder Cancer / Unresectable Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer / Unresectable Gallbladder Cancer1
4RecruitingTreatmentLung Metastasis / Non-Small-Cell Lung Carcinoma (NSCLC)1
Not AvailableCompletedTreatmentHepatocellular,Carcinoma / Jaundice, Obstructive1
Not AvailableTerminatedTreatmentHead and Neck Carcinoma1
Not AvailableUnknown StatusTreatmentLung Cancers1
Not AvailableWithdrawnTreatmentStage III Malignant Mesothelioma / Stage IIIB Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer / Stage IV Malignant Mesothelioma / Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer1
Pharmacoeconomics
Manufacturers
  • Axcan pharma us inc
Packagers
Dosage formsNot Available
Prices
Unit descriptionCostUnit
Photofrin 75 mg vial3317.04USD vial
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Patents
Patent NumberPediatric ExtensionApprovedExpires (estimated)
CA2094974 No1996-10-222013-04-27Canada
US5145863 No1992-12-152009-12-15Us
US5438071 No1995-08-012012-08-01Us
Properties
StateSolid
Experimental Properties
PropertyValueSource
logP2.8Not Available
Predicted PropertiesNot Available
Predicted ADMET featuresNot Available
Spectra
Mass Spec (NIST)Not Available
Spectra
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash Key
Taxonomy
ClassificationNot classified

Targets

Kind
Protein
Organism
Human
Pharmacological action
unknown
Actions
other/unknown
General Function:
Virus receptor activity
Specific Function:
Binds LDL, the major cholesterol-carrying lipoprotein of plasma, and transports it into cells by endocytosis. In order to be internalized, the receptor-ligand complexes must first cluster into clathrin-coated pits.(Microbial infection) Acts as a receptor for hepatitis C virus in hepatocytes, but not through a direct interaction with viral proteins (PubMed:10535997, PubMed:12615904). Acts as a r...
Gene Name:
LDLR
Uniprot ID:
P01130
Uniprot Name:
Low-density lipoprotein receptor
Molecular Weight:
95375.105 Da
References
  1. Korbelik M: Low density lipoprotein receptor pathway in the delivery of Photofrin: how much is it relevant for selective accumulation of the photosensitizer in tumors? J Photochem Photobiol B. 1992 Jan;12(1):107-9. [PubMed:1531856 ]
  2. Tsukagoshi S: [Porfimer sodium (Photofrin-II)]. Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 1995 Aug;22(9):1271-8. [PubMed:7661580 ]
  3. Maziere JC, Mora L, Biade S, Maziere C, Santus R: [Potentiation of the photocytotoxic effect of photofrin II: synergistic action of verapamil and lovastatin]. Bull Acad Natl Med. 1994 Jun;178(6):1177-88; discussion 1188-9. [PubMed:7994588 ]
  4. Candide C, Morliere P, Maziere JC, Goldstein S, Santus R, Dubertret L, Reyftmann JP, Polonovski J: In vitro interaction of the photoactive anticancer porphyrin derivative photofrin II with low density lipoprotein, and its delivery to cultured human fibroblasts. FEBS Lett. 1986 Oct 20;207(1):133-8. [PubMed:2945739 ]
  5. Maziere JC, Morliere P, Biade S, Santus R: [Antitumor photochemotherapy: biochemical bases, therapeutic uses and perspectives]. C R Seances Soc Biol Fil. 1992;186(1-2):88-106. [PubMed:1450993 ]
Kind
Protein
Organism
Human
Pharmacological action
unknown
Actions
antagonist
General Function:
Receptor signaling protein activity
Specific Function:
High affinity receptor for the Fc region of immunoglobulins gamma. Functions in both innate and adaptive immune responses.
Gene Name:
FCGR1A
Uniprot ID:
P12314
Uniprot Name:
High affinity immunoglobulin gamma Fc receptor I
Molecular Weight:
42631.525 Da
References
  1. Krutmann J, Athar M, Mendel DB, Khan IU, Guyre PM, Mukhtar H, Elmets CA: Inhibition of the high affinity Fc receptor (Fc gamma RI) on human monocytes by porphyrin photosensitization is highly specific and mediated by the generation of superoxide radicals. J Biol Chem. 1989 Jul 5;264(19):11407-13. [PubMed:2544592 ]
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