Pifithrin-α (PFTα)

Catalog No.S2929

Pifithrin-α (PFTα) Chemical Structure

Molecular Weight(MW): 367.3

Pifithrin-α is an inhibitor of p53, inhibiting p53-dependent transactivation of p53-responsive genes.

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  • Inhibitory effect of the p53 inhibitor PFT-α on HeLa cells. The cells were incubated with 10 μM DTC1 and/or 10 μM PFT-α for 48 h. Western blotting analysis the expression of p53, Bcl-2 and Bax.

    Apoptosis, 2015, 20(6): 787-95. Pifithrin-α (PFTα) purchased from Selleck.

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Description Pifithrin-α is an inhibitor of p53, inhibiting p53-dependent transactivation of p53-responsive genes.
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Pifithrin-α inhibits p53-dependent transactivation of p53-responsive genes in ConA cells. Pifithrin-α (10 μM) inhibits apoptotic death of C8 cells induced by Dox, etoposide, Taxol, cytosine arabinoside. Pifithrin-α inhibits p53-dependent growth arrest of human diploid fibroblasts in response to DNA damage but has no effect on p53-deficient fibroblasts. Pifithrin-α may modulate the nuclear import or export (or both) of p53 or may decrease the stability of nuclear p53. [1] Pifithrin-α (100-200 nM) completely suppresses the camptothecin-induced increase in the level of p53 DNA binding as well as the p53-responsive gene Bax in hippocampal cell. Pifithrin-α also decreases the basal level of p53 DNA-binding activity. Pifithrin-α (200 nM) protects cultured hippocampal neurons against death induced by DNA-damaging agents. Pifithrin-α (200 μM) stabilizes mitochondrial function, suppresses caspase activation and protects cultured hippocampal neurons against death induced by glutamate and amyloid β-peptide. [2] Pifithrin α, in addition to p53, can suppress heat shock and glucocorticoid receptor signaling but has no effect on nuclear factor-kappaB signaling. Pifithrin α (10 μM) reduces activation of heat shock transcription factor (HSF1) and increases cell sensitivity to heat. Pifithrin α (10 μM) reduces activation of glucocorticoid receptor and rescues mouse thymocytes from apoptotic death after dexamethasone treatment in HeLa cells. [3] PFTalpha blocks p53-mediated induction of p21/Waf-1 in human embryonic kidney cells. PFTalpha does, however, cause a left shift in the dexamethasone dose response curve by increasing intracellular dexamethasone concentration. [4]

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In vivo Pifithrin-α (2.2 mg/kg i.p.) treatment completely rescues mice (C57BL and Balb/c) of both strains from 60% killing doses of gamma irradiation (8 Gy for C57BL and 6 Gy for Balb/c). Pifithrin-α-injected mice lost less weight than irradiated mice that are not pretreated with the Pifithrin-α. Pifithrin-α (2.2 mg/kg) abrogates p53-dependent regulation of DNA replication after whole-body gamma irradiation in mice. [1] Pifithrin-α (2 mg/kg i.p.) 30 min prior to middle cerebral artery occlusion treatment of mice reduces ischemic brain injury and protects hippocampal neurons against excitotoxic injury. [2] Pifithrin α (3.6 μg/kg i.p.) inhibits Dex-induced degeneration of the thymus in mice. [3] Pifithrin α (2 mg/kg) results in a significantly lower degree of motor disability in rats receiving transient occlusion of the middle cerebral artery as compared with controls. Pifithrin α-treated animals has less motor disability and smaller infarcts when the drug is administered up to an hour after stroke onset. Pifithrin α results in significantly lower motor disability scores in rats than in the vehicle-treated animals at 7 days post-op. Pifithrin α results in significant reduction of apoptosis in rats as indicated by Tunel and caspase 3 staining. [5]


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  • Cell lines: HCT116 and Hela cells
  • Concentrations: ~10 μM
  • Incubation Time: 48 hours
  • Method: At the end of cell treatments, the number of attached cells is estimated by staining with 0.25% crystal violet in 50% methanol, followed by elution of the dye with 1% SDS. Optical density (530 nm) reflecting the number of stained cells is determined with a Bio-Tek EL311 microplate reader. Cell viability in suspension of short term culture of primary thymocytes is determined by their staining with 0.1% of methyl blue and microscopic counting of blue (dead) cells.
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  • Animal Models: C57BL and Balb/c mice
  • Formulation: Saline
  • Dosages: 2.2 mg/kg
  • Administration: Intraperitoneal injection
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Solubility (25°C)

In vitro DMSO 67 mg/mL (182.41 mM)
Water <1 mg/mL
Ethanol <1 mg/mL
In vivo 30% propylene glycol, 5% Tween 80, 65% D5W 30 mg/mL

* 1 mg/ml means slightly soluble or insoluble.
* Please note that Selleck tests the solubility of all compounds in-house, and the actual solubility may differ slightly from published values. This is normal and is due to slight batch-to-batch variations.

Chemical Information

Molecular Weight 367.3


CAS No. 63208-82-2
Storage powder
in solvent
Synonyms N/A

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Cell Lines Assay Type Concentration Incubation Time Formulation Activity Description PMID