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IUPAC name: (2R,3S,4S,5R)-2-(6-aminopurin-9-yl)-5-(hydroxymethyl)oxolane-3,4-diol hydrate
Synonyms: see below
Formula: C10H15N5O5

 Uses: herpes treatment

 Properties: adenosine analog, thymidine kinase inhibitor

 Hazards: see drug interactions

Mass (g/mol): CAS #:
285.2566 24356-66-9

Vidarabine is an antiviral drug with antiviral properties against DNA viruses that is an analog of the nucleoside adenosine. It can be used to treat some viral infections, including herpes, vaccinia and varicella zoster viruses. It is isolated from Streptomyces antibioticus.

Mechanism of action

Vidarabine is a nucleoside analogue with activity against herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV), vaccinia virus and varicella zoster virus (VZV). The inhibitory activity of vidarabine is highly selective due to its affinity for the thymidine kinase (TK) enzyme encoded by these viruses. Thymidine kinase converts vidarabine into vidarabine monophosphate. Guanylate kinase then converts it to the diphosphate form and additional steps convert it to the triphosphate form. The triphosphate form competitively inhibits dATP, leading to the formation DNA in which the vidarabine triphosphate is incorporated, replacing the normal dATP. Because no further phoshodiester links can be made, DNA synthesis is halted. Vidarabine stops replication of herpes viral DNA in three ways, by inhibiting viral DNA polymerase, by termination of the growing viral DNA chain, and by inactivation of the viral DNA polymerase.


The IUPAC chemical name for vidarabine is (2R,3S,4S,5R)-2-(6-aminopurin-9-yl)-5-(hydroxymethyl)oxolane-3,4-diol hydrate, and it has the chemical formula C10H15N5O5, yielding a molecular mass of 285.2566 g/mol. It is chemical similar to the natural neuclotide adenosine.

Synonyms and brand names


  • Adenine Arabinoside
  • Arabinofuranosyladenine Triphosphate
  • Arabinoside Adenine
  • Arabinosyl Adenine
  • Arabinosyladenine
  • Arabinosyladenine Triphosphate
  • Ara Atp
  • Ara-A
  • Ara-a Triphosphate
  • Ara-Atp
  • Araadenosine
  • Arabinosyl-Atp
  • Vidarabine Triphosphate
  • 9-beta-D-arabinofuranosyl-adenine

Brand names

  • Arasena-A®
  • Spongoadenosine®
  • Vira-A®
  • Vidarabin®

External links

The most up-to-date information about Vidarabine and other drugs can be found at the following sites.