Dichloroallyl lawsone

Clin Pharmacol Ther. 1979 May;25(5 Pt 1):586-90. doi: 10.1002/cpt1979255part1586.


Dichloroallyl lawsone (DCL, NSC-126771), a synthetic analogue of the antimalarial lapachol, is potentially useful in cancer chemotherapy. Unlike most anticancer agents, DCL is not significantly myelosuppressive in animals but it induces acute cardiac toxicity in the rhesus monkey. This cardiac toxicity seems to be correlated with the maximal plasma DCL concentration, about 130 mg/L in the monkey. We have studied DCL pharmacokinetics in patients in an attempt to define safe dose limits for the Phase I clinical trial. After the rapid intravenous infusion of 10 mg/m2 of radioactive [1- or 4-14C]DCL, 250 muCi per patient, the mean peak plasma concentration of unchanged DCL in four patients was 2.9 +/- 0.3 mg/L. The drug had a mean initial plasma half-life of 48.9 +/- 19 min and a terminal half-life of 20.3 +/- 1.8 hr, with a C X t of 50.1 +/- 12 mg/L/hr, and a clearance rate of 0.08 ml/kg/min. These data suggest that in clinical trials the DCL dose given by rapid intravenous infusion should not exceed 450 mg/m2 so that the maximal plasma drug concentration remains below 130 mg/L.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Antineoplastic Agents / blood
  • Antineoplastic Agents / urine
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Half-Life
  • Humans
  • Infusions, Parenteral
  • Kinetics
  • Leukemia / blood
  • Naphthoquinones / administration & dosage*
  • Naphthoquinones / blood
  • Naphthoquinones / urine
  • Neoplasms / blood


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Naphthoquinones