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Systematic (IUPAC) name
CAS number 865-21-4
ATC code L01CA01
PubChem 8935
DrugBank APRD00708
Chemical data
Formula C46H58N4O9 
Mol. mass 810.974 g/mol
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability n/a
Metabolism Hepatic (CYP3A4-mediated)
Half life 24.8 hours (terminal)
Excretion Biliary and renal
Therapeutic considerations
Pregnancy cat.


Legal status

POM(UK) -only(US)

Routes Exclusively intravenous


Vinblastine is an anti-mitotic drug used to treat certain kinds of cancer, including Hodgkin's lymphoma, non-small cell lung cancer, breast cancer and testicular cancer.



Vinblastine was first isolated by Robert Noble and Charles Thomas Beer from the Madagascar periwinkle plant. Vinblastine's utility as a chemotherapeutic agent was first discovered when it was crushed into a tea. Consumption of the tea led to a decreased number of white blood cells; therefore, it was hypothesized that vinblastine might be effective against cancers of the white blood cells such as lymphoma.


Vinblastine is a vinca alkaloid and a chemical analogue of vincristine. It binds tubulin, thereby inhibiting the assembly of microtubules. It is M phase cell cycle specific since microtubules are a component of the mitotic spindle and the kinetochore which are necessary for the separation of chromosomes during anaphase of mitosis. Toxicities include bone marrow suppression (which is dose-limiting), gastrointestinal toxicity, potent vesicant (blister-forming) activity, and extravasation injury (forms deep ulcers).

Vinblastine paracrystals may be comprised of tightly-packed unpolymerized tubulin or microtubules.[1]


Vinblastine is a component of a number of chemotherapy regimens, including ABVD for Hodgkin lymphoma. It is also used to treat histiocytosis according to the established protocols of the Histiocytosis Association of America.

See also

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