- Guide to PHARMACOLOGY
Synonyms: Glucophage® | LA-6023
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.
Ligand Activity Visualisation Charts
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View more information in the IUPHAR Pharmacology Education Project: metformin
|Compound class||Synthetic organic|
|Approved drug?||Yes (FDA (1995))|
|WHO Essential Medicine||WHO Essential Medicines List (EML) (23rd List, 2023). Access PDF version.
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|International Nonproprietary Names|
|Glucophage® | LA-6023|
|CAS Registry No.||657-24-9|
|GtoPdb PubChem SID||178101481|
|RCSB PDB Ligand||MF8|
|Search Google for chemical match using the InChIKey||XZWYZXLIPXDOLR-UHFFFAOYSA-N|
|Search Google for chemicals with the same backbone||XZWYZXLIPXDOLR|
|Search PubMed clinical trials||metformin|
|Search PubMed titles||metformin|
|Search PubMed titles/abstracts||metformin|
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