IUPAC name
3D model (JSmol)
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MeSH C484369
  • InChI=1S/C21H27N7O/c1-2-4-15(5-3-1)24-20-18-19(23-14-22-18)26-21(27-20)25-16-6-8-17(9-7-16)28-10-12-29-13-11-28/h6-9,14-15H,1-5,10-13H2,(H3,22,23,24,25,26,27) ☒N
  • InChI=1/C21H27N7O/c1-2-4-15(5-3-1)24-20-18-19(23-14-22-18)26-21(27-20)25-16-6-8-17(9-7-16)28-10-12-29-13-11-28/h6-9,14-15H,1-5,10-13H2,(H3,22,23,24,25,26,27)
Molar mass 393.495 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Reversine, or 2-(4-morpholinoanilino)-6-cyclohexylaminopurine, is a small molecule developed by the group of Peter G. Schultz, used for stem cell dedifferentiation.[1][2]

It also has the potential to selectively induce cell death in cancer cells.[3]

Reversine is known to act as an antagonist of the adenosine A3 receptor. Reversine is a potent inhibitor of the mitotic kinase Mps1[4] and it is widely used to study the process of chromosome segregation.


  1. ^ Chen, Shuibing; Zhang, Qisheng; Wu, Xu; Schultz, Peter G.; Ding, Sheng (2004). "Dedifferentiation of Lineage-Committed Cells by a Small Molecule". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126 (2): 410–1. doi:10.1021/ja037390k. PMID 14719906.
  2. ^ Chen, S.; Takanashi, S.; Zhang, Q.; Xiong, W.; Zhu, S.; Peters, E. C.; Ding, S.; Schultz, P. G. (2007). "Reversine increases the plasticity of lineage-committed mammalian cells". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104 (25): 10482–7. Bibcode:2007PNAS..10410482C. doi:10.1073/pnas.0704360104. PMC 1965539. PMID 17566101.
  3. ^ Piccoli, Marco; Palazzolo, Giacomo; Conforti, Erika; Lamorte, Giuseppe; Papini, Nadia; Creo, Pasquale; Fania, Chiara; Scaringi, Raffaella; Bergante, Sonia; Tringali, Cristina; Roncoroni, Leda; Mazzoleni, Stefania; Doneda, Luisa; Galli, Rossella; Venerando, Bruno; Tettamanti, Guido; Gelfi, Cecilia; Anastasia, Luigi (2012). "The synthetic purine reversine selectively induces cell death of cancer cells". Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. 113 (10): 3207–17. doi:10.1002/jcb.24197. PMID 22615034. S2CID 2741461.
  4. ^ Santaguida, Stefano; Tighe, Anthony; D'Alise, Anna Morena; Taylor, Stephen S.; Musacchio, Andrea (2010-07-12). "Dissecting the role of MPS1 in chromosome biorientation and the spindle checkpoint through the small molecule inhibitor reversine". The Journal of Cell Biology. 190 (1): 73–87. doi:10.1083/jcb.201001036. ISSN 1540-8140. PMC 2911657. PMID 20624901.