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What is Topotecan

An antineoplastic agent used to treat ovarian cancer. It works by inhibiting DNA topoisomerases, type I.

Topotecan mechanism of action

Topotecan has the same mechanism of action as irinotecan and is believed to exert its cytotoxic effects during the S-phase of DNA synthesis. Topoisomerase I relieves torsional strain in DNA by inducing reversible single strand breaks. Topotecan binds to the topoisomerase I-DNA complex and prevents religation of these single strand breaks. This ternary complex interferes with the moving replication fork, which leads to the induction of replication arrest and lethal double-stranded breaks in DNA. As mammalian cells cannot efficiently repair these double strand breaks, the formation of this ternary complex eventually leads to apoptosis (programmed cell death). Topotecan mimics a DNA base pair and binds at the site of DNA cleavage by intercalating between the upstream (1) and downstream (+1) base pairs. Intercalation displaces the downstream DNA, thus preventing religation of the cleaved strand. By specifically binding to the enzymesubstrate complex, Topotecan acts as an uncompetitive inhibitor.

Dosage forms of Topotecan

Capsuleoral.25 mg/1
Capsuleoral1 mg/1
Capsule, hardOral use0.25 mg
Prescription Generics


International Brands

Act Topotecan


9-((dimethylamino)Methyl)-10-hydroxy-(4S)-camptothecin Topotecane


Actavis Pharma Company

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Affected organisms

Humans and other mammals

Indication of Topotecan

For the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer in patients with disease that has recurred or progressed following therapy with platinum-based regimens. Also used as a second-line therapy for treatment-sensitive small cell lung cancer, as well as in combination with cisplatin for the treatment of stage IV-B, recurrent, or persistent cervical cancer not amenable to curative treatment with surgery and/or radiation therapy.

Toxicity of Topotecan

The primary anticipated complication of overdosage would consist of bone marrow suppression.

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