sirolimus

Pronunciation: (sih-ROH-lih-mus)

A drug used to keep the body from rejecting organ and bone marrow transplants. Sirolimus blocks certain white blood cells that can reject foreign tissues and organs. It also blocks a protein that is involved in cell division. It is a type of antibiotic, a type of immunosuppressant, and a type of serine/threonine kinase inhibitor. Sirolimus was previously called rapamycin. Also called Rapamune.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2009-09-30