All-trans retinoic acid

What is All-trans retinoic acid?

All-trans retinoic acid meaning A form of vitamin A that is made by the body and can also be made in the laboratory. It is used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia, usually together with other drugs, and to treat acne. It is being studied in the treatment and prevention of other types of cancer. All-trans retinoic acid is also called ATRA, tretinoin, retinoic acid and vitamin A acid.


reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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