Sorafenib Tosylate

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Catalog No.S1040 Synonyms: Bay 43-9006

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Sorafenib Tosylate Chemical Structure

CAS No. 475207-59-1

Sorafenib Tosylate (Bay 43-9006) is a multikinase inhibitor of Raf-1 and B-Raf with IC50 of 6 nM and 22 nM in cell-free assays, respectively. Sorafenib Tosylate inhibits VEGFR-2, VEGFR-3, PDGFR-β, Flt-3 and c-KIT with IC50 of 90 nM, 20 nM, 57 nM, 59 nM and 68 nM, respectively. Sorafenib Tosylate induces autophagy and apoptosis and activates ferroptosis with anti-tumor activity.

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Description Sorafenib Tosylate (Bay 43-9006) is a multikinase inhibitor of Raf-1 and B-Raf with IC50 of 6 nM and 22 nM in cell-free assays, respectively. Sorafenib Tosylate inhibits VEGFR-2, VEGFR-3, PDGFR-β, Flt-3 and c-KIT with IC50 of 90 nM, 20 nM, 57 nM, 59 nM and 68 nM, respectively. Sorafenib Tosylate induces autophagy and apoptosis and activates ferroptosis with anti-tumor activity.
Raf-1 [1]
(Cell-free assay)
VEGFR2/Flk1 [1]
(Cell-free assay)
B-Raf [1]
(Cell-free assay)
B-Raf (V599E) [1]
(Cell-free assay)
PDGFRβ [1]
(Cell-free assay)
6 nM 15 nM 22 nM 38 nM 57 nM
In vitro

Sorafenib tosylate inhibits both wild-type and V599E mutant B-Raf activity with IC50 of 22 nM and 38 nM, respectively. Sorafenib tosylate also potently inhibits mVEGFR2 (Flk-1), mVEGFR3, mPDGFRβ, Flt3, and c-Kit with IC50 of 15 nM, 20 nM, 57 nM, 58 nM, and 68 nM, respectively. Sorafenib tosylate weakly inhibits FGFR-1 with IC50 of 580 nM. Sorafenib tosylate is not active against ERK-1, MEK-1, EGFR, HER-2, IGFR-1, c-Met, PKB, PKA, cdk1/cyclinB, PKCα, PKCγ, and pim-1. Sorafenib tosylate markedly inhibits VEGFR2 phosphorylation in NIH 3T3 cells with IC50 of 30 nM, and Flt-3 phosphorylation in HEK-293 cells with IC50 of 20 nM. Sorafenib tosylate potently blocks MEK 1/2 and ERK 1/2 phosphorylation in most cell lines but not in A549 or H460 cells, while having no effect on inhibition of the PKB pathway. Sorafenib tosylate inhibits the proliferation of HAoSMC and MDA-MB-231 cells with IC50 of 0.28 μM and 2.6 μM, respectively. [1] In addition to inhibition of the RAF/MEK/ERK signaling pathway, Sorafenib tosylate significantly inhibits the phosphorylation of eIF4E and down-regulates Mcl-1 levels in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells in a MEK/ERK-independent manner. Sorafenib tosylate inhibits the proliferation of PLC/PRF/5 and HepG2 cells with IC50 of 6.3 μM and 4.5 μM, respectively, and leads to the significant induction of apoptosis. [2]

Cell Data
Cell Lines Assay Type Concentration Incubation Time Formulation Activity Description PMID
MDA-MB-435 NF3lTXhIem:5dHigTY5pcWKrdHnvckBCe3OjeR?= MWi0PEBp MlzyS2k2OD1{IN88US=> M{fhXlIzPTZyNkK3
UACC257 NH;tU4VIem:5dHigTY5pcWKrdHnvckBCe3OjeR?= M13udVQ5KGh? NGniOlJIUTVyPUKg{txO M{\6UlIzPTZyNkK3
MCF7 MkftS5Jwf3SqIFnubIljcXSrb36gRZN{[Xl? M4nyc|Q5KGh? MlfoS2k2OD1{LkWg{txO NX\WbXV3OjJ3NkC2Nlc>
EKVX NFvJfo5Iem:5dHigTY5pcWKrdHnvckBCe3OjeR?= NUXINGxpPDhiaB?= NHjJ[|VIUTVyPUKuOUDPxE1? M4rubFIzPTZyNkK3
HT-29 M{Owcmdzd3e2aDDJcohq[mm2aX;uJGF{e2G7 M4L4UFQ5KGh? MXTHTVUxRTJwNTFOwG0> M1HZRlIzPTZyNkK3
SNB19 NVXsUYMyT3Kxd4ToJGlvcGmkaYTpc44hSXO|YYm= MXe0PEBp MluzS2k2OD1|LkKg{txO M1vLXlIzPTZyNkK3
OVCAR3 NILRWoNIem:5dHigTY5pcWKrdHnvckBCe3OjeR?= NF7jeHg1QCCq M1iwV2dKPTB;Mz6yJO69VQ>? NGrhWHYzOjV4ME[yOy=>
CAKI-1 NH\U[XlIem:5dHigTY5pcWKrdHnvckBCe3OjeR?= M3PjeFQ5KGh? NE[xUFhIUTVyPUOuNkDPxE1? NV;Rfm5UOjJ3NkC2Nlc>
SW620 M4PiO2dzd3e2aDDJcohq[mm2aX;uJGF{e2G7 M1P6XFQ5KGh? MkexS2k2OD1|LkKg{txO NIPG[5UzOjV4ME[yOy=>
TK10 MlfVS5Jwf3SqIFnubIljcXSrb36gRZN{[Xl? MWG0PEBp M3zYUmdKPTB;NTFOwG0> MV[yNlU3ODZ{Nx?=

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Methods Test Index PMID
Western blot
LC3-I / LC-3II / ATG5; 

PubMed: 23392173     

Sorafenib induces the conversion of LC3 in a dose-dependent manner. PLC5, Hep3B, SK-Hep1 and HepG2 were exposed to sorafenib at the indicated doses for 16 h and the expression levels of LC3-II were analyzed by western blot.

p-STAT3 / STAT3/ Mcl-1; 

PubMed: 23392173     

Effects of sorafenib on STAT3-related proteins in HCC cells. The cells were treated with sorafenib at the indicated dose for 16 h. 

β-catenin / Survivin / Mcl-1 / PTMA; 

PubMed: 26517516     

Co-inhibition of β-catenin and PTMA by sorafenib in HCC cells. Cell lines indicated on top were treated or not with 10 μM sorafenib for 24 hrs and processed for immuno-blotting. IC50 values (the concentration of sorafenib that inhibits 50% of cell growth) for each cell line are indicated below the panels.

pERK / ERK; 

PubMed: 22286758     

Western blot analysis of p-ERK (T202/Y204) and ERK at indicated time points in HCT116 cells treated with 20 μmol/L sorafenib.

p-PKM2(Y105) / PMK2 / Caspase-9 ; 

PubMed: 26959741     

Sorafenib downregulates the p-PKM2(Y105) at the indicated doses after treatment for 24 h.

RET(pY1016) / VEGFR2(pY1214) / MEK1(pT292) / ERK(pY204) ; 

PubMed: 22941289     

Sorafenib affected the phosphorylation of receptor tyrosine kinase RET and VEGFR2, as well as MEK/ERK kinases signaling cascades in three cell lines. Three cell lines were treated by sorafenib with two concentration gradients, 1 and 5 μmol/L/L, and then collected after 2, 4, and 8 h, cells without sorafenib treatment were as the controls (0 h). Total proteins were extracted and quantified to be used in Western blot assays. (A) Sorafenib inhibited RET and VEGFR2 phosphorylation dose-dependently while activated MEK and ERK phosphorylation in A549 cells. (B) Sorafenib also inhibited RET and VEGFR2 phosphorylation, and slightly activated MEK and ERK phosphorylation in HeLa cells. (C) Sorafenib activated the phosphorylation of RET, VEGFR2, and MEK, but inhibited ERK phosphorylation in HepG2 cells.

Cyclin D1; 

PubMed: 26039995     

Dose-escalation effects of sorafenib or SC-1 for 24 h on STAT3-related proteins in HSC-T6 and LX2 cells.

23392173 26517516 22286758 26959741 22941289 26039995

PubMed: 22286758     

HCT116 cells were treated with 20 μmol/L sorafenib or 10 ng/mL TNF-α for 3 hours then fixed. Immunofluorescence was carried out as described in the Materials and Methods for p65 (green) and DAPI (blue). Representative pictures (400×) are shown

cytochrome c; 

PubMed: 22278289     

Immunoflourescent staining and quantification of mitochondrial membrane potential (appearing in red, mitotracker) and cytochrome c (appearing in green, FITC) in 22Rv1 and PC3 treated with 20 μM sorafenib for 24 h

22286758 22278289
Growth inhibition assay
Cell viability; 

PubMed: 26039995     

Dose-escalation and time-dependent effects of sorafenib for 24 or 48 h on cell viability in HSC-T6, LX2, and mouse primary HSCs. Circles, mean; bars, SE (n = 3). 

TGF-beta / CD206; 

PubMed: 26158762     

In Macrophage, TGF-β secretion and CD206 were confirmed by ELISA.

Caspase-9 / Caspase-3; 

PubMed: 30923462     

Caspase-9 and caspase-3 activities were measured via ELISA assay. FCCP, an activator of mitophagy, was added into the medium of sorafenib-treated cells to activate mitophagy. Adenovirus-loaded LATS2 (Ad-LATS2) was transfected into HepG2 cells in the presence of sorafenib. *p < 0.05 vs. control group; #p < 0.05 vs. Sorafenib + Ad-cont group; #p < 0.05 vs. Sorafenib + Ad-LATS2 group

26158762 30923462
In vivo Oral administration of Sorafenib tosylate (~60 mg/kg) demonstrates broad spectrum, dose-dependent anti-tumor activity against a variety of human tumor xenograft models including MDA-MB-231, Colo-205, HT-29, DLD-1, NCI-H460, and A549, with no evidence of toxicity. In association with the anti-tumor efficacy, Sorafenib tosylatetreatment potently inhibits MEK 1/2 phosphorylation and pERK 1/2 levels in HT-29 and MDA-MB-231 xenografts but not in Colo-205 xenografts, and significantly suppresses tumor microvessel area (MVA) and microvessel density (MVD) in MDA MB-231, HT-29 and Colo-205 tumor xenografts. [1] Sorafenib tosylate treatment produces dose-dependent growth inhibition of PLC/PRF/5 tumor xenografts in SCID mice with TGIs of 49% and 78% at 10 mg/kg and 30 mg/kg, respectively, consistent with the inhibition of ERK and eIF4E phosphorylation, reduction of the microvessel area, and induction of tumor cell apoptosis. [2]


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Recombinant baculoviruses expressing Raf-1 (residues 305–648) and B-Raf (residues 409–765) are purified as fusion proteins. Full-length human MEK-1 is generated by PCR and purified as a fusion protein from Escherichia coli lysates. Sorafenib tosylate is added to a mixture of Raf-1 (80 ng), or B-Raf (80 ng) with MEK-1 (1 μg) in assay buffer [20 mM Tris (pH 8.2), 100 mM NaCl, 5 mM MgCl2, and 0.15% β-mercaptoethanol] at a final concentration of 1% DMSO. The Raf kinase assay (final volume of 50 μL) is initiated by adding 25 μL of 10 μM γ[33P]ATP (400 Ci/mol) and incubated at 32 °C for 25 minutes. Phosphorylated MEK-1 is harvested by filtration onto a phosphocellulose mat, and 1% phosphoric acid is used to wash away unbound radioactivity. After drying by microwave heating, a β-plate counter is used to quantify filter-bound radioactivity. Human VEGFR2 (KDR) kinase domain is expressed and purified from Sf9 lysates. Time-resolved fluorescence energy transfer assays for VEGFR2 are performed in 96-well opaque plates in the time-resolved fluorescence energy transfer format. Final reaction conditions are as follows: 1 to 10 μM ATP, 25 nM poly GT-biotin, 2 nM Europium-labeled phospho (p)-Tyr antibody (PY20), 10 nM APC, 1 to 7 nM cytoplasmic kinase domain in final concentrations of 1% DMSO, 50 mM HEPES (pH 7.5), 10 mM MgCl2, 0.1 mM EDTA, 0.015% Brij-35, 0.1 mg/mL BSA, and 0.1% β-mercaptoethanol. Reaction volumes are 100 μL and are initiated by addition of enzyme. Plates are read at both 615 and 665 nM on a Perkin-Elmer VictorV Multilabel counter at ~1.5 to 2.0 hours after reaction initiation. Signal is calculated as a ratio: (665 nm/615 nM) × 10,000 for each well. For IC50 generation, Sorafenib tosylate is added before the enzyme initiation. A 50-fold stock plate is made with Sorafenib tosylate serially diluted 1:3 in a 50% DMSO/50% distilled water solution. Final Sorafenib tosylate concentrations range from 10 μM to 4.56 nM in 1% DMSO.
Cell Research:[1]
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  • Cell lines: MDA-MB-231, and HAoSMC
  • Concentrations: Dissolved in DMSO, final concentrations ~10 μM
  • Incubation Time: 72 hours
  • Method: Cells are exposed to increasing concentrations of Sorafenib tosylate for 72 hours. Cell number is quantitated using the Cell TiterGlo ATP Luminescent assay kit. This assay measures the number of viable cells per well by measurement of luminescent signal based on amount of cellular ATP.
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Animal Research:[1]
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  • Animal Models: Female NCr-nu/nu mice implanted s.c. with MDA-MB-231, Colo-205, HT-29, H460, or A549 cells
  • Dosages: ~60 mg/kg
  • Administration: Orally once daily
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Solubility (25°C)

In vitro DMSO 127 mg/mL (199.36 mM)
Water 0.01 mg/mL (0.01 mM)
Ethanol Insoluble
In vivo Add solvents to the product individually and in order(Data is from Selleck tests instead of citations):
2% Cremophor EL, 2% N,N-dimethylacetamide
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30 mg/mL (suspension)

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Chemical Information

Molecular Weight 637.03


CAS No. 475207-59-1
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Synonyms Bay 43-9006
Smiles CC1=CC=C(C=C1)S(=O)(=O)O.CNC(=O)C1=NC=CC(=C1)OC2=CC=C(C=C2)NC(=O)NC3=CC(=C(C=C3)Cl)C(F)(F)F

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Clinical Trial Information

NCT Number Recruitment interventions Conditions Sponsor/Collaborators Start Date Phases
NCT04000737 Recruiting Drug: YIV-906+Sorafenib|Drug: Placebo+Sorafenib Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma Yiviva Inc. January 10 2020 Phase 2
NCT03958669 Recruiting -- Hepatocellular Carcinoma|Sorafenib University Hospital Tuebingen|German Federal Ministry of Education and Research November 1 2019 --
NCT03764293 Recruiting Drug: SHR-1210|Drug: Apatinib|Drug: Sorafenib Locally Advanced or Metastatic and Unresectable HCC Jiangsu HengRui Medicine Co. Ltd. June 10 2019 Phase 3
NCT03582618 Recruiting Drug: Sorafenib|Drug: CVM-1118 Hepatocellular Carcinoma|Advanced Cancer TaiRx Inc. July 12 2018 Phase 2

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Cell Lines Assay Type Concentration Incubation Time Formulation Activity Description PMID