Recent Advances in Small Molecule Prodrugs for Cancer Therapy

Author(s): Peng Wang, Xiao Jin, Jin Cai, Junqing Chen, Min Ji

Journal Name: Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
(Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Anti-Cancer Agents)

Volume 14 , Issue 3 , 2014

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Chemotherapy has been performed to treat metastatic cancers but with varying degrees of success. The optimal potential of chemotherapy has not been achieved yet. Numerous compounds cannot be further developed to produce potent drugs because these compounds exhibit poor druggability. To resolve this issue, researchers developed prodrugs in drug discovery because these drugs can be efficiently used. Many small-molecule prodrugs have been designed and synthesized as anticancer agents for several years, and great progress has been achieved. In this study, recently developed, efficient anticancer prodrugs were reviewed, particularly small molecule prodrugs. Moreover, small molecule anticancer prodrugs were summarized according to different types of chemical structures and properties.

Keywords: Anticancer, cancer, prodrug, small molecule, therapy.

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Year: 2014
Published on: 07 February, 2014
Page: [418 - 439]
Pages: 22
DOI: 10.2174/18715206113139990317
Price: $65

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