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Systematic (IUPAC) name
methyl (2β,3β,4β,5α,12β,19α)- 4-(acetyloxy)- 15-[(4R,6R,8S)- 4-(1,1-difluoroethyl)- 8-(methoxycarbonyl)- 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-octahydro- 2,6-methanoazecino[4,3-b]indol- 8-yl]- 3-hydroxy- 16-methoxy- 1-methyl- 6,7-didehydroaspidospermidine- 3-carboxylate
CAS number 162652-95-1
ATC code L01CA05
PubChem 6918295
Chemical data
Formula C 45H54F2N4O8  
Mol. mass 816.92 g/mol
SMILES eMolecules & PubChem
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Vinflunine (INN) is a novel fluorinated Vinca alkaloid[1] undergoing research for the treatment of bladder cancer. It was originally discovered by the team of the Professor Jean-Claude Jacquesy (UMR CNRS 6514 - Poitiers University)[2], developed by Laboratoires Pierre Fabre and was licensed to Bristol-Myers Squibb for development in certain countries, including the United States.

On November 23, 2007, Pierre Fabre and BMS announced that they are terminating their license agreement for the development of vinflunine. [3]


  1. ^ Kruczynski A, Barret JM, Etiévant C, Colpaert F, Fahy J, Hill BT (March 1998). "Antimitotic and tubulin-interacting properties of vinflunine, a novel fluorinated Vinca alkaloid". Biochem. Pharmacol. 55 (5): 635–48. doi:10.1016/S0006-2952(97)00505-4. PMID 9515574.  
  2. ^ Vinca Alkaloids in Superacidic Media: A Method for Creating a New Family of Antitumor Derivatives Fahy, J.; Duflos, A.; Ribet, J.-P.; Jacquesy, J.-C.; Berrier, C.; Jouannetaud, M.-P.; Zunino, F. J. Am. Chem. Soc.; (Communication); 1997; 119(36); 8576-8577.
  3. ^ "Bristol -Myers Squibb press release - Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pierre Fabre Provide Update On Vinflunine Development Status". Retrieved 2008-06-27.  


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