Catalog No.S3070 Synonyms: UCB 6215

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Piracetam (UCB 6215) is a cyclic derivative of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), used in treatment of a wide range of cognitive disorders.

Piracetam Chemical Structure

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Description Piracetam (UCB 6215) is a cyclic derivative of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), used in treatment of a wide range of cognitive disorders.
AMPA receptor [1]
In vitro

Piracetam is able to significantly decrease the fusogenic and destabilising effect of Abeta 29-42, in a concentration-dependent manner. Preincubation of piracetam, at a piracetam/peptide ratio of 960, during 20 min before the addition of Abeta 29-42 prevents almost completely the mixture of the two fluorescent probes. Preincubation of piracetam with lipids prevents almost completely the release of calcein induced by the peptide in a dose-dependent fashion (piracetam/peptide ratios from 9.6 to 960). [1] Piracetam (< 1.0 mM) preincubated with brain membranes enhances membrane fluidity in aged mice, rats and humans, as indicated by decreased anisotropy of the membrane-bound fluorescence probe 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH). [2]

In vivo Piracetam (300 mg/kg once daily) significantly increases membrane fluidity in some brain regions of young and aged rats, but has no measurable effect on membrane fluidity in the young rats. [2] Piracetam (300 mg/kg daily for 6 weeks) improves active avoidance learning in the aged rats only and elevates membrane fluidity in all brain regions except the cerebellum in the aged rats. Piracetam (300 mg/kg daily for 6 weeks) also improves NMDA receptor density in the hippocampus and on muscarinic cholinergic receptor densities in the frontal cortex and the striatum and to a lesser extent in the hippocampus of rats. [3] Piracetam (500 mg/kg p.o. for 14 days) elevates N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor density by about 20% and normalizes the enhanced affinity of L-glutamate for the NMDA receptor in aged mice. [4] Piracetam-treated withdrawn rats has higher the number of synapses than that observed in nonpiracetam-treated and alcohol-fed animals by up to 20%, the mechanisms leading to the synaptic reorganization took place at the mossy fiber level. [5]

Protocol (from reference)

Animal Research:[2]
  • Animal Models: male Wistar rats
  • Dosages: 300 mg/kg
  • Administration: Orally

Solubility (25°C)

In vitro

DMSO 72 mg/mL
(506.47 mM)
Water 72 mg/mL
(506.47 mM)
Ethanol Insoluble

Chemical Information

Molecular Weight 142.16


CAS No. 7491-74-9
Storage 3 years -20°C powder
2 years -80°C in solvent
Smiles C1CC(=O)N(C1)CC(=O)N

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Clinical Trial Information

NCT Number Recruitment Interventions Conditions Sponsor/Collaborators Start Date Phases
NCT00567060 Completed Drug: Piracetam Memory Disorders UCB Pharma May 2000 Not Applicable

(data from https://clinicaltrials.gov, updated on 2022-01-17)

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