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GtoPdb Ligand ID: 4779

Synonyms: Glucophage® | LA-6023
Approved drug PDB Ligand Immunopharmacology Ligand
metformin is an approved drug (FDA (1995))
Compound class: Synthetic organic
Comment: Marketed formulations contain metformin hydrochloride (PubChem CID 14219). Metformin is often given in fixed-dose combinations with other antihyperglycemic agents.

Repurposing: Cancer cells undergo a metabolic switch to aerobic glycolysis, and become reliant on this metabolic pathway for energy (the Warburg effect). Inhibition of the glycolytic pathway is therefore considered as a tractable therapeutic target in oncology. As metformin is an inhibitor of glycolysis it is being examined for anti-cancer effects in a number of malignancies. Similarly, it is being examined for anti-inflammatory potential since activated immune cells also undergo a metabolic switch to aerobic glycolysis. If found to be effective, this could ultimately lead to metformin being repurposed for indications other than type 2 diabetes.
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2D Structure
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Physico-chemical Properties
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Hydrogen bond acceptors 5
Hydrogen bond donors 3
Rotatable bonds 2
Topological polar surface area 91.49
Molecular weight 129.1
XLogP -0.54
No. Lipinski's rules broken 0
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Canonical SMILES CN(C(=N)N=C(N)N)C
Isomeric SMILES CN(C(=N)N=C(N)N)C
InChI InChI=1S/C4H11N5/c1-9(2)4(7)8-3(5)6/h1-2H3,(H5,5,6,7,8)
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Compound class Synthetic organic
Approved drug? Yes (FDA (1995))
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INN number INN
965 metformin
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Glucophage® | LA-6023
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CAS Registry No. 657-24-9
ChEMBL Ligand CHEMBL1431
DrugBank Ligand DB00331
DrugCentral Ligand 1725
GtoPdb PubChem SID 178101481
PubChem CID 4091
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