Benfotiamine

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Benfotiamine
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Systematic (IUPAC) name
S-[2-{[(4-Amino-2-methylpyrimidin-5-yl)methyl] (formyl)amino}-5-(phosphonooxy)pent-2-en-3-yl] benzenecarbothioate
Clinical data
Trade names Milgamma
AHFS/Drugs.com International Drug Names
Legal status
Routes of
administration
Oral
Identifiers
CAS Number 22457-89-2 YesY
ATC code A11DA03 (WHO)
PubChem CID: 3032771
ChemSpider 2297665 YesY
UNII Y92OUS2H9B YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:41039 N
ChEMBL CHEMBL1491875 N
Synonyms S-Benzoylthiamine O-monophosphate
Chemical data
Formula C19H23N4O6PS
Molecular mass 466.448 g/mol
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Benfotiamine (rINN, or S-benzoylthiamine O-monophosphate) is a synthetic S-acyl derivative of thiamine (vitamin B1).

It has been licensed for use in Germany since 1993 under the trade name Milgamma. (Combinations with pyridoxine or cyanocobalamin are also sold under this name.) It is prescribed there for treating sciatica and other painful nerve conditions.[1]

It is marketed as a medicine and/or dietary supplement, depending on the respective Regulatory Authority.[citation needed]

Uses

Benfotiamine is primarily marketed as an antioxidant dietary supplement. In a clinical study with six patients, benfotiamine lowered AGE by 40%.[2]

Benfotiamine may be useful for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, neuropathy, and nephropathy however "Most of the effects attributed to benfotiamine are extrapolated from in vitro and animal studies. Unfortunately apparent evidences from human studies are scarce and especially endpoint studies are missing. Therefore additional clinical studies are mandatory to explore the therapeutic potential of benfotiamine in both diabetic and non-diabetic pathological conditions".[3] It is thought that treatment with benfotiamine leads to increased intracellular thiamine diphosphate levels,[3] a cofactor of transketolase. This enzyme directs advanced glycation and lipoxidation end products (AGE's, ALE's) substrates to the pentose phosphate pathway, thus reducing tissue AGEs.[4][5][6][7][8]

Pharmacology

After absorption, benfotiamine can be dephosphorylated by cells bearing an ecto-alkaline phosphatase to the lipid-soluble S-benzoylthiamine.[9] Benfotiamine should not be confused with allithiamine, a naturally occurring thiamine disulfide derivative with a distinct pharmacological profile.[10]

See also

References

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  2. J Lin, A Alt, J Liersch, RG Bretzel, M Brownlee (May 2000). "Benfotiamine Inhibits Intracellular Formation of Advanced Glycation End Products in vivo" (PDF). Diabetes. 49 (Suppl1) (A143): 583. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  4. Since AGEs are the actual agents productive of diabetic complications, in theory, if diabetic patients could block the action of AGEs completely by benfotiamine, strict blood sugar control, with its disruption of lifestyle and risks to health and life by severe hypoglycemic episodes, could be avoided, with revolutionary implications for the treatment of diabetes. Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
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  9. Yamazaki, M (1968). "Studies on the absorption of S-benzoylthiamine O-monophosphate : (I) Metabolism in tissue homogenates". Vitamins. 38 (1): 12–20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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