Orlistat is a reversible inhibitor of lipases
Practically insoluble in water, freely soluble in chloroform, and very soluble in methanol and ethanol.
- inhibitor of lipoprotein lipase (LPL).
- Anti-cancer agent;
March 15, 2004 issue of Cancer Research,  Steven J. Kridel et al. state that orlistat may also inhibit growth of prostate cancer, and in theory may be useful in treating other cancers, by interfering with the metabolism of fats.
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