Quinone methides (QMs) are naturally occurring reactive intermediates which play important roles in organic syntheses as
well as in a large number of chemical andbiological processes. QMs are also believed to be responsible for the ultimate cytotoxicity of
many antitumor drugs, antibiotics, and DNA alkylators through enzyme inhibition or DNA alkylation. Many different chemical methods
have been developed to synthesize QMs and their derivatives. This review highlights generation of QMs by exploiting cellular process
and their biological applications.
Keywords: Quinone methides, in vivo generation, enzymatic oxidation, phenols, enzymatic reduction, quinones, ROS induction, arylboronates
and arylboronic acids.
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