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Biochimie. 1982 Jul;64(7):457-75.

On the mechanism of reductive activation in the mode of action of some anticancer drugs.


Bioactivation of a number of DNA-specific antitumor drugs depends on oxidoreduction. Bleomycin, neocarzinostatin and anthracycline glycosides are the best known among such drugs in terms of reductive activation processes. Their reduction results in short-lived radical or electrophilic intermediates attacking DNA stereospecifically. The physico-chemical properties of these drugs and the nature of DNA damage are reviewed. Models for DNA-intercalation, electron-donor systems involved in drug metabolisation, and the role of oxygen in radical reactions, are discussed in the light of recent reports.

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