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Dual function nitroimidazoles less toxic than RSU 1069: selection of candidate drugs for clinical trial (RB 6145 and/or PD 130908.

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MRC Radiobiology Unit, Chilton, Didcot, U.K.


Following the toxicity and synthetic difficulties encountered with the hypoxic cell radiosensitizer RSU 1069, efforts have focused on development of a superior analogue. Two compounds, RB 6145 and PD 130908, have emerged from this program which overcome the instability and synthetic problems associated with RSU 1069 while retaining favorable biological activity. Both agents show comparable radiosensitizing activity to RSU 1069 following oral or i.p. administration to mice bearing the KHT or RIF-1 tumors. Sensitizing efficiency is about 10 X greater than that observed for misonidazole or etanidazole. Toxicity toward hypoxic tumor cells in vivo is demonstrated by clamping tumors (for 60 min) following administration of PD 130908 or RB 6145. Both are effective hypoxic cytotoxins, but less potent than RSU 1069. Systemic toxicity is substantially reduced following oral drug administration. Further, doses achievable following fractionated drug treatments are sufficiently high to produce significant levels of radiosensitization.

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