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Creation Date2012-09-06 15:16:52 UTC
Update Date2013-02-09 00:34:02 UTC
Secondary Accession NumbersNone
Metabolite Identification
Common NameSuramin
DescriptionA polyanionic compound with an unknown mechanism of action. It is used parenterally in the treatment of African trypanosomiasis and it has been used clinically with diethylcarbamazine to kill the adult Onchocerca. (From AMA Drug Evaluations Annual, 1992, p1643) It has also been shown to have potent antineoplastic properties. Suramin is manufactured by Bayer in Germany as Germanin®.
  1. Bayer 205
  2. Sodium suramin
  3. Suramine
  4. SVR
Chemical FormulaC51H40N6O23S6
Average Molecular Weight1297.28
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight1296.046905756
IUPAC Name8-{4-methyl-3-[3-({[3-({2-methyl-5-[(4,6,8-trisulfonaphthalen-1-yl)carbamoyl]phenyl}carbamoyl)phenyl]carbamoyl}amino)benzamido]benzamido}naphthalene-1,3,5-trisulfonic acid
Traditional Namesuramin
CAS Registry Number145-63-1
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
DescriptionThis compound belongs to the class of organic compounds known as 2-naphthalene sulfonic acids and derivatives. These are organic aromatic compounds that contain a naphthalene moiety that carries a sulfonic acid group (or a derivative thereof) at the 2-position. Naphthalene is a bicyclic compound that is made up of two fused benzene ring.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassBenzenoids
Sub ClassNaphthalene sulfonic acids and derivatives
Direct Parent2-naphthalene sulfonic acids and derivatives
Alternative Parents
  • 2-naphthalene sulfonate
  • 1-naphthalene sulfonate
  • 2-naphthalene sulfonic acid or derivatives
  • 1-naphthalene sulfonic acid or derivatives
  • Naphthalene sulfonate
  • N-phenylbenzamide
  • N-arylamide
  • N-phenylurea
  • Aminobenzoic acid or derivatives
  • 1-sulfo,2-unsubstituted aromatic compound
  • Benzoic acid or derivatives
  • Benzamide
  • Arylsulfonic acid or derivatives
  • Aminotoluene
  • Benzoyl
  • Toluene
  • Monocyclic benzene moiety
  • Sulfonyl
  • Sulfonic acid derivative
  • Sulfonic acid
  • Urea
  • Secondary carboxylic acid amide
  • Carboxamide group
  • Carboxylic acid derivative
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organosulfur compound
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Carbonyl group
  • Aromatic homopolycyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAromatic homopolycyclic compounds
External Descriptors
StatusExpected but not Quantified
  • Drug
  • Antinematodal Agents
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Trypanocidal Agents
  • Pharmaceutical
Cellular locations
  • Cytoplasm
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane
Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting PointNot AvailableNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water Solubility8.72e-03 g/LNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility0.0087 mg/mLALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)-3.5ChemAxon
Physiological Charge-6ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count23ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count12ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area483.75 Å2ChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count16ChemAxon
Refractivity314.9 m3·mol-1ChemAxon
Polarizability120.22 Å3ChemAxon
Number of Rings8ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
SpectraNot Available
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Cytoplasm
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane
Biofluid Locations
  • Blood
  • Urine
Tissue LocationNot Available
PathwaysNot Available
Normal Concentrations
BloodExpected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableNot AvailableNot AvailableTaking drug identified by DrugBank entry DB04786
  • Not Applicable
UrineExpected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableNot AvailableNot AvailableTaking drug identified by DrugBank entry DB04786
  • Not Applicable
Abnormal Concentrations
Not Available
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease ReferencesNone
Associated OMIM IDsNone
DrugBank IDDB04786
DrugBank Metabolite IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Metabolite IDNot Available
FoodDB IDNot Available
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID5168
KEGG Compound IDC07974
BioCyc IDNot Available
BiGG IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkSuramin
NuGOwiki LinkHMDB15582
Metagene LinkHMDB15582
METLIN IDNot Available
PubChem Compound5361
ChEBI ID45906
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Not Available
General ReferencesNot Available


General function:
Involved in metabolic process
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Selectively hydrolyzes arachidonyl phospholipids in the sn-2 position releasing arachidonic acid. Together with its lysophospholipid activity, it is implicated in the initiation of the inflammatory response.
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  1. Vieira DS, Aragao EA, Lourenzoni MR, Ward RJ: Mapping of suramin binding sites on the group IIA human secreted phospholipase A2. Bioorg Chem. 2009 Apr;37(2):41-5. Epub 2009 Feb 3. [19251299 ]
  2. Aragao EA, Chioato L, Ferreira TL, de Medeiros AI, Secatto A, Faccioli LH, Ward RJ: Suramin inhibits macrophage activation by human group IIA phospholipase A2, but does not affect bactericidal activity of the enzyme. Inflamm Res. 2009 Apr;58(4):210-7. [19169647 ]
General function:
Involved in phospholipase A2 activity
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Thought to participate in the regulation of the phospholipid metabolism in biomembranes including eicosanoid biosynthesis. Catalyzes the calcium-dependent hydrolysis of the 2-acyl groups in 3-sn-phosphoglycerides.
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  1. Murakami MT, Arruda EZ, Melo PA, Martinez AB, Calil-Elias S, Tomaz MA, Lomonte B, Gutierrez JM, Arni RK: Inhibition of myotoxic activity of Bothrops asper myotoxin II by the anti-trypanosomal drug suramin. J Mol Biol. 2005 Jul 15;350(3):416-26. [15961104 ]
  2. Berman HM, Westbrook J, Feng Z, Gilliland G, Bhat TN, Weissig H, Shindyalov IN, Bourne PE: The Protein Data Bank. Nucleic Acids Res. 2000 Jan 1;28(1):235-42. [10592235 ]
General function:
Involved in catalytic activity
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Hydrolyzes cerebroside sulfate.
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  1. Constantopoulos G, Rees S, Cragg BG, Barranger JA, Brady RO: Effect of suramin on the activities of degradative enzymes of sphingolipids in rats. Res Commun Chem Pathol Pharmacol. 1981 Apr;32(1):87-97. [7291729 ]
General function:
Involved in G-protein coupled receptor protein signaling pathway
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Receptor for ATP and UTP coupled to G-proteins that activate a phosphatidylinositol-calcium second messenger system. The affinity range is UTP = ATP > ATP-gamma-S >> 2-methylthio-ATP = ADP
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  1. Charlton SJ, Brown CA, Weisman GA, Turner JT, Erb L, Boarder MR: PPADS and suramin as antagonists at cloned P2Y- and P2U-purinoceptors. Br J Pharmacol. 1996 Jun;118(3):704-10. [8762097 ]
  2. Bogdanov YD, Wildman SS, Clements MP, King BF, Burnstock G: Molecular cloning and characterization of rat P2Y4 nucleotide receptor. Br J Pharmacol. 1998 Jun;124(3):428-30. [9647463 ]
  3. Trujillo CA, Nery AA, Martins AH, Majumder P, Gonzalez FA, Ulrich H: Inhibition mechanism of the recombinant rat P2X(2) receptor in glial cells by suramin and TNP-ATP. Biochemistry. 2006 Jan 10;45(1):224-33. [16388598 ]
  4. Churchill GC, Louis CF: Stimulation of P2U purinergic or alpha 1A adrenergic receptors mobilizes Ca2+ in lens cells. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1997 Apr;38(5):855-65. [9112981 ]
  5. Homma R, Kimoto T, Niimura Y, Krivosheev A, Hara T, Ohta Y, Kawato S: Real-time fluorescence analysis on molecular mechanisms for regulation of cytochrome P450scc activity upon steroidogenic stimulation in adrenocortical cells. J Inorg Biochem. 2000 Nov;82(1-4):171-80. [11132624 ]
General function:
Involved in G-protein coupled receptor protein signaling pathway
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Receptor for follicle-stimulating hormone. The activity of this receptor is mediated by G proteins which activate adenylate cyclase
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  1. McGeary RP, Bennett AJ, Tran QB, Cosgrove KL, Ross BP: Suramin: clinical uses and structure-activity relationships. Mini Rev Med Chem. 2008 Nov;8(13):1384-94. [18991754 ]
  2. Bose CK: Follicle stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR) antagonist and epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). J Exp Ther Oncol. 2007;6(3):201-4. [17552360 ]
General function:
Involved in calcium channel activity
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Communication between transverse-tubules and sarcoplasmic reticulum. Contraction of skeletal muscle is triggered by release of calcium ions from SR following depolarization of T-tubules
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  1. Wolner I, Kassack MU, Ullmann H, Karel A, Hohenegger M: Use-dependent inhibition of the skeletal muscle ryanodine receptor by the suramin analogue NF676. Br J Pharmacol. 2005 Oct;146(4):525-33. [16056233 ]
General function:
Involved in zinc ion binding
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NAD-dependent lysine demalonylase and desuccinylase that specifically removes malonyl and succinyl groups on target proteins. Activates CPS1 and contributes to the regulation of blood ammonia levels during prolonged fasting: acts by mediating desuccinylation of CPS1, thereby increasing CPS1 activity in response to elevated NAD levels during fasting. Has weak NAD-dependent protein deacetylase activity; however this activity may not be physiologically relevant in vivo. Can deacetylate cytochrome c (CYCS) and a number of other proteins in vitro.
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  1. Schuetz A, Min J, Antoshenko T, Wang CL, Allali-Hassani A, Dong A, Loppnau P, Vedadi M, Bochkarev A, Sternglanz R, Plotnikov AN: Structural basis of inhibition of the human NAD+-dependent deacetylase SIRT5 by suramin. Structure. 2007 Mar;15(3):377-89. [17355872 ]