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Colchicine is most commonly used to treat gout. It is an inhibitor of microtubule polymerization which blocks chromosome segregation during meiosis. Consequently, it is used to induce polyploidy (tetraploid) in plant cells. It is an antimitotic agent that disrupts microtubules by binding to tubulin and preventing its polymerization. Stimulates the intrinsic GTPase activity of tubulin. Induces apoptosis in several normal and tumor cell lines and activates the JNK/SAPK signaling pathway.
A.D.Caperta; M.Delgado; F.Ressurreicao; A.Meister; R.N.Jones; W.Viegas; A.Houben. Colchicine-induced polyploidization depends on tubulin polymerization in c-metaphase cells. Protoplasma. 2006, 227,(2-4), 147-153.
A.B.Mendes-Bonato; M.Ferrari Felismino; A.M.Souza Kaneshima; C.Pessim; V.Calisto; M.Suely Pagliarini; C.Borges do Valle. Abnormal meiosis in tetraploid genotypes of Brachiaria brizantha (Poaceae) induced by colchicine: its implications for breeding. Journal of Applied Genetics. 2009, 50,(2), 83-87.
Hazard Statements: H300-H340
Fatal if swallowed. May cause genetic defects.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P264b-P270-P281-P301+P310-P308+P313-P330-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use personal protective equipment as required. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention. Rinse mouth. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant