Clinical pharmacokinetics of irinotecan.

  title={Clinical pharmacokinetics of irinotecan.},
  author={Guy G. Chabot},
  journal={Clinical pharmacokinetics},
  volume={33 4},
This article reviews the clinical pharmacokinetics of a water-soluble analogue of camptothecin, irinotecan [CPT-11 or 7-ethyl-10-[4-(1-piperidino)-1-piperidino]-carbonyloxy-camptoth eci n]. Irinotecan, and its more potent metabolite SN-38 (7- ethyl-10-hydroxy-camptothecin), interfere with mammalian DNA topoisomerase I and cancer cell death appears to result from DNA strand breaks caused by the formation of cleavable complexes. The main clinical adverse effects of irinotecan therapy are… CONTINUE READING


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