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Gefitinib #4765

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Western blot analysis of extracts from BxPC-3 cells, untreated or treated with EGF (100 ng/ml, 5 min) either with or without gefitinib pre-treatment (10 µM, 2 hr), using Phospho-EGF Receptor (Tyr1173) (53A5) Rabbit mAb #4407 (upper) or EGF Receptor Antibody #2232 (lower).
Chemical structure of gefitinib.

Product Usage Information

Gefitinib is supplied as a lyophilized powder. For a 10 mM stock, reconstitute the 10 mg in 2.24 ml DMSO. Working concentrations and length of treatment can vary depending on the desired effect, but it is typically used as a pretreatment at 0.1-10 µM for 0.5-2 hr prior to treating with a stimulator. It can also be used alone, with varying treatment times lasting up to 24 hr. Soluble in DMSO at 100 mg/ml; very poorly soluble in ethanol and water.


Store lyophilized or in solution at -20ºC, desiccated. In lyophilized form, the chemical is stable for 24 months. Once in solution, use within 3 months to prevent loss of potency. Aliquot to avoid multiple freeze/thaw cycles.

Product Description

Molecular Weight 446.9 g/mol
Purity >99%
Molecular Formula C22H24ClFN4O3
CAS 184475-35-2
Solubility Soluble in DMSO at 100mg/ml.


Gefitinib is a novel and potent EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor that binds to the ATP-binding site of the enzyme, and has been shown to be competitive with ATP and noncompetitive with peptide substrates (1). Gefitinib inhibits in vitro EGFR activity (IC50 = 33 nM), significantly inhibits EGF-stimulated tumor cell growth (IC50 = 54 nM) when compared to the absence of EGF (IC50 = 8.8 µM), and effectively blocks EGF-stimulated autophosphorylation in tumor cells. It also selectively inhibits EGF-stimulated growth of HUVE cells compared with FGF- or VEGF-stimulated growth (1). Although studies demonstrate gefitinib to be much more selective for EGFR than HER2 (1,2), it has also shown to inhibit growth and phosphorylation of HER2 in numerous HER2-overexpressing cell lines (3).

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To Purchase # 4765
Cat. # Size Qty. Price
10 mg