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cis-Diammineplatinum(II) dichloride


cis-Platinum(II) diammine dichloride, Cisplatin, cis-Dichlorodiammine platinum(II)
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270 °C (lit.)

Mode of action

DNA synthesis | interferes

antibiotic activity spectrum




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cis-Diammineplatinum(II) dichloride has been used:
  • in cell viability measurement in cochlear explants
  • in the inhibition of cell proliferation and chemosensitivity in ovarian cancer cell lines
  • in MTT [3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-Diphenyltetrazolium Bromide] cell viability assay in oral squamous cell carcinoma


1 g in glass bottle
25 mg in glass insert
100, 250 mg in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Potent chemoimmunotherapeutic drug; stimulates the immune responses by activating macrophages and other cells of the immune system. Cisplatin-treated macrophages show increased antigen presentation function in vitro. Treatment increased cellular NF-κB content and translocation in macrophages. Cisplatin effects are regulated by kinases, phosphatases, and Ca2+/calmodulin. Forms cytotoxic adducts with the DNA dinucleotide d(pGpG), inducing intrastrand crosslinks.
Potent platinum-based antineoplastic agent. Forms cytotoxic adducts with the DNA dinucleotide d(pGpG), inducing intrastrand cross-links.

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Hazard Classifications

Acute Tox. 2 Oral - Carc. 1B - Eye Irrit. 2 - Resp. Sens. 1 - Skin Irrit. 2 - Skin Sens. 1 - STOT SE 3

Target Organs

Respiratory system

Storage Class Code

6.1B - Non-combustible, acute toxic Cat. 1 and 2 / very toxic hazardous materials



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  1. Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?

    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

  2. What is the toxicity of Cisplatin, Product P4394?

    This information can be found on the MSDS Section 11.

  3. How can solutions of Cisplatin, Product P4394, be stored? 

    Sterile solutions in 0.9% sodium chloride protected from light are stable for 28 days at room temperature.

  4. What is the best solvent to use for Cisplatin, Product P4394?

    Pharmaceutical injections of cisplatin are in 0.9% sodium chloride at 1 mg/ml.  A 0.1% solution in 0.9% sodium chloride solution has a pH range of 4.5-6.0 immediately after preparation and can be adjusted with HCl.

  5. What is the half-life of Cisplatin, Product P4394, in DMSO?

    At 37 °C, the half-life of cisplatin in DMSO is 60 minutes. In vivo the half-life of cisplatin is approximately 30 minutes.

  6. Why should DMSO not be used as a solvent for cis-Diammineplatinum (II) dichloride?

    The divalent platinum has a high affinity for sulfur donor ligands and this will displace the chloride.  The use of DMSO as a solvent affects the instability of cisplatin and can affect biological activity.  Sundquist, W. I., et al., Inorg. Chem. 26:1524-1528, 1987.

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Calpain system protein expression and activity in ovarian cancer
Zhang S, et al.
Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology, 1-17 (2018)
Role and regulation of proapoptotic Bax in oral squamous cell carcinoma and drug resistance
Alam M, et al.
Head & Neck (2018)
Lin Hou et al.
Life sciences, 232, 116561-116561 (2019-06-28)
The poor prognosis of ovarian cancer is mainly caused by chemotherapy resistance. Studies show that the Bcl-2 inhibitor ABT737 can significantly improve the effect of cisplatin and induce mitochondrial pathway apoptosis. However, the mechanism of ABT737 increases sensitivity to cisplatin
Qianqian Yang et al.
Free radical biology & medicine, 120, 342-355 (2018-02-20)
Phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN)-induced putative kinase 1 (PINK1) gene encodes a serine/threonine kinase, which acts as a molecular sensor of mitochondrial health necessary for mitochondrial quality control. The present study was designed to examine whether PINK1 expressed in C57BL/6
James Chih-Hsin Yang et al.
The Lancet. Oncology, 16(2), 141-151 (2015-01-16)
We aimed to assess the effect of afatinib on overall survival of patients with EGFR mutation-positive lung adenocarcinoma through an analysis of data from two open-label, randomised, phase 3 trials. Previously untreated patients with EGFR mutation-positive stage IIIB or IV


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