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Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1389-5575
ISSN (Online): 1875-5607

Nitrogen-Containing Heterocyclic Quinones: A Class of Potential Selective Antitumor Agents

Author(s): Laura Garuti, Marinella Roberti and Daniela Pizzirani

Volume 7, Issue 5, 2007

Page: [481 - 489] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/138955707780619626

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The development of prodrugs that are enzymatically activated into anticancer agents is a promising perspective in cancer therapy. Many nitrogen-containing quinoid heterocycles have been reported to show antitumor effect. The principal interest in these compounds lies on their potential to produce tumor-selective toxicity. Selectivity occurs by difference in oxygen tension between normal and tumor tissue and by levels of the required activating enzymes. In this review a summary of the most interesting heterocyclic quinones is given together with their biological property. SAR studies concerning the importance of some structural features will be described.

Keywords: Quinones, anticancer agents, tumor-selective toxicity, SAR, prodrugs, heterocycles

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