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Thalidomide | CAS No. 50-35-1 | Cytokine Compounds
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Description: Binds cereblon; also TNF-α synthesis inhibitor

Chemical Name: N-(2,6-dioxo-3-piperidinyl)phthalimide

Purity: ≥99%

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Citations (12)
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Biological Activity

Thalidomide is a selective inhibitor of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) synthesis. Anti-inflammatory; promotes T-cell activation. Predicted to reduce cytokine release in SARS-CoV-2 infection. Also binds cereblon, inhibiting ubiquitin ligase activity. Teratogenic and sedative-hypnotic. Promotes degradation of transcription factor SALL4.

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Soluble to 25 mM in DMSO
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Citations for Thalidomide

The citations listed below are publications that use Tocris products. Selected citations for Thalidomide include:

12 Citations: Showing 1 - 10

  1. Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) May Act as a Substrate and a Recognition Unit for CRL4CRBN and Stub1 E3 Ligases Facilitating Ubiquitination of Proteins Involved in Presynaptic Functions and Neurodegeneration.
    Authors: Prete Et al.
    J Biol Chem  2016;291:17209
  2. Additive Renoprotection by pioglit. and fenofi. against Inflammatory, Oxidative and Apoptotic Manifestations of cisp. Nephrotoxicity: Modulation by PPARs.
    Authors: Helmy Et al.
    PLoS One  2015;10:e0142303
  3. 5-hydroxy-2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone, a vitamin K3 analogue, suppresses STAT3 activation pathway through induction of protein tyrosine phosphatase, SHP-1: potential role in chemosensitization.
    Authors: Sandur Et al.
    Mol Cancer Res  2010;8:107
  4. Intraperitoneal injection of Thal. attenuates bone cancer pain and decreases spinal tumor necrosis factor-α expression in a mouse model.
    Authors: Gu Et al.
    Mol Pain  2010;6:64
  5. γ-Tocotrienol but not γ-tocopherol blocks STAT3 cell signaling pathway through induction of protein-tyrosine phosphatase SHP-1 and sensitizes tumor cells to chemotherapeutic agents.
    Authors: Kannappan Et al.
    J Biol Chem  2010;285:33520
  6. Effect of Thal. and arsenic trioxide on the release of tumor necrosis factor-α and vascular endothelial growth factor from the KG-1a human acute myelogenous leukemia cell line.
    Authors: Girgis Et al.
    MBio  2010;1:663
  7. Betulinic acid suppresses STAT3 activation pathway through induction of protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP-1 in human multiple myeloma cells.
    Authors: Pandey Et al.
    Int J Cancer  2010;127:282
  8. Curcumin circumvents chemoresistance in vitro and potentiates the effect of Thal. and borte. against human multiple myeloma in nude mice model.
    Authors: Sung Et al.
    Mol Cancer Ther  2009;8:959
  9. Ursolic acid inhibits STAT3 activation pathway leading to suppression of proliferation and chemosensitization of human multiple myeloma cells.
    Authors: Pathak Et al.
    Mol Cancer Res  2007;5:943
  10. Salinosporamide A (NPI-0052) potentiates apoptosis, suppresses osteoclastogenesis, and inhibits invasion through down-modulation of NF-kappaB regulated gene products.
    Authors: Ahn Et al.
    Blood  2007;110:2286


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