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Bioorg Med Chem. 2011 Feb 15;19(4):1515-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2010.12.045. Epub 2011 Jan 6.

Melampomagnolide B: a new antileukemic sesquiterpene.

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  • 1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40536, USA.


Melampomagnolide B has been identified as a new antileukemic sesquiterpene. A biotin-conjugated derivative of melampomagnolide B was designed and synthesized in order to elucidate its mechanism of action. A study of the biochemical interactions of the biotin probe suggests that melampomagnolide B derives its remarkable selectivity for leukemic cells over normal hematopoietic cells from its unique ability to exploit biochemical differences between the two cell types.

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