Title: Emetine
CAS Registry Number: 483-18-1
CAS Name: 6¢,7¢,10,11-Tetramethoxyemetan
Additional Names: cephaeline methyl ether
Molecular Formula: C29H40N2O4
Molecular Weight: 480.64
Percent Composition: C 72.47%, H 8.39%, N 5.83%, O 13.32%
Literature References: Principal alkaloid of ipecac, the ground roots of Uragoga ipecacuanha (Brot.) Baill. Rubiaceae; occurs naturally as (-)-form. Extraction procedures: E. Merck, BIOS Final Report No. 766 (1947); F. E. Hamerslag, Technology and Chemistry of Alkaloids (New York, 1950) chapter XI; Stoll, Jucker in Ullmanns Encyklopädie der technischen Chemie 3, Aufl., Bd. III (München-Berlin, 1953) p 231; Beilstein 2nd suppl. vol. 23, 449. Structure: Robinson, Nature 162, 524 (1948); Janot, Bull. Soc. Chim. Fr. 1949, 185. Stereochemistry: Battersby, Chem. Ind. (London) 1958, 1324; Battersby, Garrett, J. Chem. Soc. 1959, 3512; Van Tamelen et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 81, 6214 (1959). Total synthesis: Evstigneeva et al., Proc. Acad. Sci. USSR 75, 539 (1950); Van Tamelen et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 91, 7359 (1969); T. Kametani et al., J. Chem. Soc. Perkin Trans. 1 1979, 1211. Alternate syntheses: Burgstahler, Bithos, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 82, 5446 (1960); Openshaw, Whittaker, J. Chem. Soc. 1963, 1461; S. Takano et al., J. Org. Chem. 43, 4169 (1978); T. Fujii, S. Yoshifuji, Tetrahedron 36, 1539 (1980). See also Clark et al., US 3102118 (1963 to Glaxo). Review of syntheses: M. Shamma, The Isoquinoline Alkaloids (Academic Press, New York, 1972) pp 426-457. Toxicity: Radomski et al., J. Pharmacol. Exp. Ther. 104, 421 (1952); of dihydrochloride: Child et al., J. Pharm. Pharmacol. 16, 65 (1964). General review: Grollman, Jarkovsky, in Antibiotics Vol. 3, J. W. Corcoran, F. E. Hahn, Eds. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1975) pp 420-435. Comprehensive description: L. V. Feyns, L. T. Grady, Anal. Profiles Drug Subs. 10, 289-335 (1981).
Properties: White, amorphous powder. mp 74°. Turns yellow on exposure to light and heat. [a]D20 -50° (c = 2 in CHCl3). Strong alkaline reaction. pK1 5.77; pK2 6.64. Freely sol in methanol, ethanol, acetone, ethyl acetate, ether, chloroform. Sparingly sol in water, petr ether. Moderately sol in dil ammonium hydroxide, but sparingly in solns of KOH and NaOH. Absorption spectrum: Bayard, Chem. Zentralbl. 1943, II, 305. LD50 i.p. in rats: 12.1 mg/kg (Radomski).
Melting point: mp 74°
pKa: pK1 5.77; pK2 6.64
Optical Rotation: [a]D20 -50° (c = 2 in CHCl3)
Toxicity data: LD50 i.p. in rats: 12.1 mg/kg (Radomski)
Derivative Type: Dihydrochloride
CAS Registry Number: 316-42-7
Additional Names: Emetine hydrochloride
Trademarks: Hemometina (Cusi)
Molecular Formula: C29H40N2O4.2HCl
Molecular Weight: 553.56
Percent Composition: C 62.92%, H 7.65%, N 5.06%, O 11.56%, Cl 12.81%
Properties: Contains water of crystallization varying from 3 to 8 H2O. Clusters of needles after drying at 105°, mp 235-255° (dec). [a]D +11° (c = 1) to [a]D +21° (c = 8), calculated for the anhydrous salt. One gram of the hydrated salt dissolves in about 7 ml water. pH of aq soln (1 g in 50 ml) 5.6. Sol in alcohol. Solid and solutions turn yellow on exposure to light or heat. LD50 (calculated as base) in mice (mg/kg): 32 s.c.; 30 orally (Child).
Melting point: mp 235-255° (dec)
Optical Rotation: [a]D +11° (c = 1) to [a]D +21° (c = 8)
Toxicity data: LD50 (calculated as base) in mice (mg/kg): 32 s.c.; 30 orally (Child)
Derivative Type: Emetamine
CAS Registry Number: 483-19-2
CAS Name: 1¢,2¢,3¢,4¢-Tetradehydro-6¢,7¢,10,11-tetramethoxyemetan
Additional Names: tetradehydroemetine
Molecular Formula: C29H36N2O4
Molecular Weight: 476.61
Percent Composition: C 73.08%, H 7.61%, N 5.88%, O 13.43%
Literature References: Occurs in small amounts in ipecac. Isoln: Pyman, J. Chem. Soc. 111, 419 (1917). Structure: Battersby et al., J. Chem. Soc. 1959, 1744. Synthesis: eidem, J. Chem. Soc. 1961, 3899.
Properties: Crystals from ether, mp 142-143°. uv max (ethanol): 236, 283 nm (log e 4.85, 3.86).
Melting point: mp 142-143°
Absorption maximum: uv max (ethanol): 236, 283 nm (log e 4.85, 3.86)
Therap-Cat: Antiamebic.
Therap-Cat-Vet: Hydrochloride has been used as an antiamebic and in lung worm infection.
Keywords: Antiamebic.
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CAS number 483-18-1 YesY
ATC code P01AX02 QP51AX02
PubChem CID 10219
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KEGG C09421 N
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Formula C29H40N2O4 
Mol. mass 480.639 g/mol
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Emetine is a drug used as both an anti-protozoal and to induce vomiting. It is produced from the ipecac root.