Vemurafenib (PLX4032)

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Catalog No.S1267 Synonyms: RG7204

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Vemurafenib (PLX4032) Chemical Structure

CAS No. 918504-65-1

Vemurafenib (PLX4032, RG7204) is a novel and potent inhibitor of B-RafV600E with IC50 of 31 nM in cell-free assay. 10-fold selective for B-RafV600E over wild-type B-Raf in enzymatic assays and the cellular selectivity can exceed 100-fold. Vemurafenib (PLX4032, RG7204) induces autophagy.

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Description Vemurafenib (PLX4032, RG7204) is a novel and potent inhibitor of B-RafV600E with IC50 of 31 nM in cell-free assay. 10-fold selective for B-RafV600E over wild-type B-Raf in enzymatic assays and the cellular selectivity can exceed 100-fold. Vemurafenib (PLX4032, RG7204) induces autophagy.
Features A novel and potent inhibitor of the B-RAFV600E oncoprotein.
SRMS [1]
(Cell-free assay)
ACK1 [1]
(Cell-free assay)
B-Raf (V600E) [1]
(Cell-free assay)
C-Raf [1]
(Cell-free assay)
MAP4K5 (KHS1) [1]
(Cell-free assay)
18 nM 19 nM 31 nM 48 nM 51 nM
In vitro

PLX4032 inhibits B-RAFV600E, C-RAF, as well as wildtype B-RAF, with IC50 of 31 nM, 48 nM and 100 nM, respectively. PLX4032 also inhibits several non-RAF kinases, including ACK1, KHS1, and SRMS, with IC50 of 18 nM to 51 nM. [1] In melanoma cell lines, the inhibitory effect by PLX4032 depends on B-RAF mutational status, because PLX4032 potently inhibits those harboring B-RAF V600 mutants, including V600E, V600D, V600K, and V600R, but not wildtype or other mutants. The IC50 values of PLX4032 on these cells, including MALME-3M, Colo829, Colo38, A375, SK-MEL28, and A2058, ranges from 20 nM to 1 μM. In these cells, PLX4032 (0.1 μM to 30 μM) also inhibits the phosphorylation of both MEK1/2 and ERK1/2. [2] PLX4032 is highly effective in the treatment of melanoma, for its ability of inhibiting B-RAFV600E. However, PLX4032 displays limited effect in colon cancer patients that also carrying B-RAFV600E oncoprotein. The reason for this is that, in colon cancer cells, B-RAFV600E inhibition by PLX4032 results in a rapid feedback EGFR activation, which compensates for the PLX4032-inhibited cell proliferation. [3]

Cell Data
Cell Lines Assay Type Concentration Incubation Time Formulation Activity Description PMID
A375 M{PnWGdzd3e2aDDJcohq[mm2aX;uJGF{e2G7 M3TDSFExOCEQvF2= M3Oxelk3KGh? MUDEUXNQ MVXJR|UxRTR5IH7N MofhNVg1PThyNUO=
ARO M4TYO2dzd3e2aDDJcohq[mm2aX;uJGF{e2G7 NWLZNndlOTByIN88US=> MVS5OkBp M4\qNWROW09? MlXZTWM2OD1{MEWgcm0> MnfBNVg1PThyNUO=
A375 NXLSSVVbSXCxcITvd4l{KEG|c3H5 NVrLUVNNOTBizszN MlnrSG1UVw>? MVrQdo9ud3SnczDhdI9xfG:2aXOg[IVifGh? NH;nTlYyQDR3OEC1Ny=>
ARO M2jESGZ2dmO2aX;uJGF{e2G7 MoLsNVAh|ryP NYm3UZVLPzJiaB?= M3WzbmROW09? MnTZTY5lfWOnczD0bIUhemWneIDy[ZN{cW:wIH;mJJRp\SCQSWOgdJVueA>? MVmxPFQ2QDB3Mx?=
8505C (BRAF V600E/V600E) Ml3DS5Jwf3SqIFnubIljcXSrb36gRZN{[Xl? M1jPV|k3KGh? MkPXSWM2OD13NzDuUS=> NEDjTmEyQTh6MEe5Ni=>
SW1736 (BRAF WT/V600E) M134dGdzd3e2aDDJcohq[mm2aX;uJGF{e2G7 M1:2Rlk3KGh? MYHFR|UxRTJ7IH7N M1HueVE6QDhyN{my
BHT101 (BRAF WT/V600E) M{jSRWdzd3e2aDDJcohq[mm2aX;uJGF{e2G7 MonOPVYhcA>? MYLFR|UxRTl5IH7N MVuxPVg5ODd7Mh?=
BCPAP (BRAF WT/V600E) M{[3Rmdzd3e2aDDJcohq[mm2aX;uJGF{e2G7 NW\EU4xwQTZiaB?= MojYSWM2OD15ODDuUS=> NXfafJFmOTl6OEC3PVI>
C643 (HRAS G13R)≥ 500 NGnjT21Iem:5dHigTY5pcWKrdHnvckBCe3OjeR?= NXzOXXFxQTZiaB?= NIDadY5GSzVyIPMJqUA2ODBibl2= NXLrSZB4OTl6OEC3PVI>
HTH7 (NRAS Q61R) NVPadZluT3Kxd4ToJGlvcGmkaYTpc44hSXO|YYm= NFuwd5o6PiCq NX22UlFVTUN3MPMJqUAyODByIH7N M2fDNFE6QDhyN{my
CAL62 (KRAS G12R) > 1000 > 1000 MUfHdo94fGhiSX7obYJqfGmxbjDBd5NigQ>? NGTLToI6PiCq M2LJe2VEPTB-IEGwNFAhdk1? Mm\6NVk5QDB5OUK=
Calu-6 M4SwV2Z2dmO2aX;uJGF{e2G7 NInTZ|Yy6oDLzszN NGTMV|AyKGh? NITnfGJFVVOR MnX0RYN1cX[jdHXzJG1GUy:HUlugbY4h[2WubIOge4l1cCC5aXzkMZR6eGViQmLBSi=> MorRNlAyPzl5MEW=
C4 NY\rfZFPTnWwY4Tpc44hSXO|YYm= MV2zJO69VQ>? NWPxSIpEPDhiaB?= NI\4PWhFVVOR MYfJcoNz\WG|ZYOgZ49tdGGpZX6gd5lvfGinc3nzJIFv\CCmZXPy[YF{\XNiSVytPEBmgHC{ZYPzbY9v NFTJ[nQzPTl6OUWwOi=>
VMM12 M1vVNGZ2dmO2aX;uJGF{e2G7 NIjKflU{KM7:TR?= NVjFV2UzPDhiaB?= NH2wXJdFVVOR NVHOS5dIUW6lcnXhd4V{KGOxbHzh[4VvKHO7boTo[ZNqeyCjbnSg[IVkemWjc3XzJGlNNTliZYjwdoV{e2mxbh?= M2OxTlI2QTh7NUC2
SKMEL19 NHnjb|dHfW6ldHnvckBCe3OjeR?= M{LZXFYh|ryP NYDSZ45YPDhiaB?= M3uwOmROW09? MkfIWJJq\2encoOgSXIhe3S{ZYPz M{XyS|I{OzZ{MkSw
UKF-NB-3 (ABCB1) Mn3wSpVv[3Srb36gRZN{[Xl? NV6xZWhwOS5{NTFCuW0> MmXlNkBp NV\GUFkyTE2VTx?= MWHFcohidmOnczDhZ4N2dXWuYYTpc44hd2ZidHjlJIZtfW:{ZYPj[Y51KEGEQ1KxJJN2[nO2cnH0[UBzcG:mYX3pcoUhOTJ| Mn3jNlQ4OzV5Nk[=
UKF-NB-3 NW\ZTYR5TnWwY4Tpc44hSXO|YYm= MYmxMlI2KML3TR?= M3\PTlIhcA>? MWLEUXNQ NYTp[FRiW2mpbnnmbYNidnSueTDh[oZm[3S|IH;uJIFk[3WvdXzheIlwdiCxZjD0bIUh\my3b4Lld4NmdnRiQVLDRlEhe3Wkc4TyZZRmKHKqb3ThcYlv\SBzMkO= Mlv5NlQ4OzV5Nk[=
A375 (BRAFV600E) NH7LXnRHfW6ldHnvckBCe3OjeR?= M17XNlghcA>? MnnqSG1UVw>? M2fQbmlv[3KnYYPld{BqdnS{YXPlcIx2dGG{IGLPV{BidmRiTl:gcIV3\Wy| MV[yOVM3OzZ2NB?=

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Methods Test Index PMID
Western blot
p-ERK / p-CRAF; 

PubMed: 22448344     

BRAF mutant cell lines from (A) were treated with 3µM vemurafenib for the indicated times, and lysates were probed with the indicated antibodies.

p-MEK(S217/221) / pAKT(T308) / p-AKT(S473) / p-P70 S6K(T389) / p-S6(Ser235-236) / P-4EB-P1; 

PubMed: 22194965     

Western blot analysis of phosphorylated and the total amount of key proteins in the MAPK and PI3K/AKT pathways after 24 hours of exposure to the solvent (DMSO), or various concentrations of the BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib. The vemurafenib-sensitive M238 and M229 cell lines and the vemurafenib in vitro acquired resistant sublines M238-AR2 and M229-AR9 were cultured at different concentrations of vemurafenib. p70 and p-p70 S6K in this figure are referred to S6K1 and phosphorylated form of S6K1, respectively.

Bax / Bcl2 / Bcl-xl / BIM / Mcl1; 

PubMed: 28382170     

Change of Bcl-2 family proteins following Vemurafenib treatment for 24 h.

22448344 22194965 28382170
Growth inhibition assay
Cell viability; 

PubMed: 29179510     

At different time point of the experiment (expressed in days), sensitivity to vemurafenib was evaluated in the different A375 cell lines. Cells were treated with 10-fold dilution series (1 nM to 10 uM) of Vemurafenib and cell viability was assessed after 72 h by Crystal violet staining. Cell viability results are expressed in fold vs. the untreated cells.

uPAR / α5-β1; 

PubMed: 30611716     

Representative images of confocal microscopy of companion M6R treated cultures stained with specific anti-uPAR (red), α5β1 (green) and DAPI (blue). Experiments have been performed three times in triplicate with analogous results. The co-localization score is quantified by image J andreported within each picture as Manders' coefficient (MC). The shown pictures are representative of 20 different pictures for each experimental condition. Scale bar = 20 μm.


PubMed: 27293997     

Vemurafenib reduced phosphorylated Akt in HUVEC. Cells were treated with vemurafenib for 4 h and processed for immunofluorescence staining with antibodies against p-AktThr308. Cell nuclei were stained with DAPI. Scale bar represents 50 μm. 

30611716 27293997
In vivo In B-RAFV600E-mutant mice xenograft models, PLX4032 (6 mg/kg–20 mg/kg) inhibits tumor growth. [1] In mice xenograft models of LOX, Colo829, and A375 cells, PLX4032 (12.5 mg/kg–100 mg/kg) inhibits tumor growth and prolongs mice survival. [2]


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RAF kinase activity measurements:

The kinase activities of wild-type RAF and mutants are determined by measuring phosphorylation of biotinylated-BAD protein. For each enzyme (0.01 ng), 20 μL reactions are carried out in 20 mM Hepes (pH 7.0), 10 mM MgCl2, 1 mM DTT, 0.01% (v/v) Tween-20, 50 nM biotin-BAD protein, and 1 mM ATP at room temperature. Reactions are stopped at 5 min with 5 μL of a solution containing 20 mM Hepes (pH 7.0), 200 mM NaCl, 80 mM EDTA, 0.3% (w/v) bovine serum albumin (BSA). The stop solution also includes phospho-BAD (Ser112) antibody, streptavidin-coated donor beads, and protein A acceptor beads. The antibody and beads are pre-incubated in stop solution in the dark at room temperature for 30 min. The final dilution of antibody is 1/2000 and the final concentration of each bead is 10 μg/mL. The assay plates are incubated at room temperature for one hour and then are read on a PerkinElmer AlphaQuest reader. Mutant activities are the average of two different batches of purified protein assayed in duplicate in three different experiments.
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  • Cell lines: MALME-3M, Colo829, Colo38, A375, SK-MEL28, and A2058 cells
  • Concentrations: 0–10 μM , dissolved in DMSO
  • Incubation Time: 5 days
  • Method:

    Cellular proliferation is evaluated by MTT assay. Briefly, cells are plated in 96-well microtiter plates at a density of 1000 to 5000 cells per well in a volume of 180 μL. PLX4032 is prepared at 10 times the final assay concentration in media containing 1% DMSO. Twenty-four hours after cell plating, 20 μL of the appropriate dilution of PLX4032 are added to plates in duplicate. The plates are assayed for proliferation 6 days after the cells are plated. Percent inhibition is calculated and the IC50 is determined from the regression of a plot of the logarithm of the concentration versus percent inhibition.

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Animal Research:


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  • Animal Models: Mice (athymic nude) xenograft models of LOX, Colo829, and A375 cells
  • Dosages: 12.5 mg/kg–100 mg/kg
  • Administration: Oral gavage twice daily
    (Only for Reference)

Solubility (25°C)

In vitro DMSO 97 mg/mL (197.99 mM)
Water Insoluble
Ethanol Insoluble
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Chemical Information

Molecular Weight 489.92


CAS No. 918504-65-1
Storage powder
in solvent
Synonyms RG7204
Smiles CCCS(=O)(=O)NC1=C(C(=C(C=C1)F)C(=O)C2=CNC3=C2C=C(C=N3)C4=CC=C(C=C4)Cl)F

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Clinical Trial Information

NCT Number Recruitment interventions Conditions Sponsor/Collaborators Start Date Phases
NCT03410875 Recruiting Drug: Vemurafenib|Drug: Obinutuzumab Hairy Cell Leukemia|Leukemia|Leukemia Hairy Cell Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|Dana-Farber Cancer Institute|Yale University February 9 2018 Phase 2
NCT03013491 Active not recruiting Drug: CX-072|Drug: ipilimumab|Drug: vemurafenib Solid Tumor|Lymphoma CytomX Therapeutics January 2017 Phase 1|Phase 2
NCT02441465 Completed Drug: Vemurafenib|Drug: 14C-Labeled Vemurafenib Malignant Melanoma Cancer Hoffmann-La Roche August 13 2015 Phase 1
NCT02427893 Withdrawn Drug: Cobimetinib|Drug: Vemurafenib Melanoma Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins|Genentech Inc. August 2015 Phase 3

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    How about the half-life of Vemurafenib(S1267)?

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    It was reported that the half-life of the compound is 57 hours.

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    The vemurafenib power, when prepared in 4% DMSO/30% PEG 300/5% Tween 80/ddH2O solutions, form a pellet down the tube?

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    When prepare this kind of vehicle, please dissolve the drug in DMSO clearly first. If it dissolves not readily, please sonicate and warm in the water bath at about 45 degree. Then add PEG and Tween. After they mixed homogeneously, then dilute with water.

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Cell Lines Assay Type Concentration Incubation Time Formulation Activity Description PMID