CHEBI:724125 - methyl 5-aminolevulinate

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ChEBI Name methyl 5-aminolevulinate
Definition The methyl ester of 5-aminolevulinic acid. A prodrug, it is metabolised to protoporphyrin IX, a photosensitizer, and is used in the photodynamic treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer (including basal cell carcinoma). Topical application (often as the hydrochloride salt) results in an accumulation of protoporphyrin IX in the skin lesions to which the cream has been applied. Subsequent illumination with red light results in the generation of toxic singlet oxygen that destroys cell membranes and thereby kills the tumour cells.
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Formula C6H11NO3
Net Charge 0
Average Mass 145.15640
Monoisotopic Mass 145.07389
InChI InChI=1S/C6H11NO3/c1-10-6(9)3-2-5(8)4-7/h2-4,7H2,1H3
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Application(s): antineoplastic agent
A substance that inhibits or prevents the proliferation of neoplasms.
photosensitizing agent
A chemical compound that can be excited by light of a specific wavelength and subsequently transfer energy to a chosen reactant. This is commonly molecular oxygen within a cancer tissue, which is converted to (highly rective) singlet state oxygen. This rapidly reacts with any nearby biomolecules, ultimately killing the cancer cells.
A compound that, on administration, must undergo chemical conversion by metabolic processes before becoming the pharmacologically active drug for which it is a prodrug.
dermatologic drug
A drug used to treat or prevent skin disorders or for the routine care of skin.
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Outgoing methyl 5-aminolevulinate (CHEBI:724125) has functional parent 5-aminolevulinic acid (CHEBI:17549)
methyl 5-aminolevulinate (CHEBI:724125) has role antineoplastic agent (CHEBI:35610)
methyl 5-aminolevulinate (CHEBI:724125) has role dermatologic drug (CHEBI:50177)
methyl 5-aminolevulinate (CHEBI:724125) has role photosensitizing agent (CHEBI:47868)
methyl 5-aminolevulinate (CHEBI:724125) has role prodrug (CHEBI:50266)
methyl 5-aminolevulinate (CHEBI:724125) is a δ-amino acid ester (CHEBI:60638)
Incoming methyl 5-aminolevulinate hydrochloride (CHEBI:60641) has part methyl 5-aminolevulinate (CHEBI:724125)
methyl 5-amino-4-oxopentanoate
Synonyms Sources
5-aminolevulinic acid methyl ester ChemIDplus
aminolevulinic acid methyl ester ChemIDplus
Methyl aminolevulinate ChEMBL
methyl δ-aminolevulinate ChEBI
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33320-16-0 CAS Registry Number ChemIDplus
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22 February 2017