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Current Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 0929-8673
ISSN (Online): 1875-533X

Recent Advances in the Development of Catalytic Inhibitors of Human DNA Topoisomerase IIα As Novel Anticancer Agents

Author(s): B. Pogorelcnik, A. Perdih and T. Solmajer

Volume 20, Issue 5, 2013

Page: [694 - 709] Pages: 16

DOI: 10.2174/092986713804999402

Price: $65


DNA topoisomerases comprise an important family of enzymes that catalyse the induction of topological changes (e.g. relaxation/ supercoiling, catenation/decatenation and knotting/unknotting) in the DNA molecule. These enzymes perform their functions by creating transient either single-stranded or double-stranded breaks in the DNA molecule. Due to their ability to modulate the topology of the DNA molecule, DNA topoisomerases play vital roles in replication, transcription, chromosome separation and segregation, and thus represent an important collection of design targets for novel anticancer drugs. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the development of catalytic inhibitors of the human topoisomerase IIα enzyme - an important member of the DNA topoisomerase family - as potential novel anticancer agents. The group of catalytic topoII inhibitors is classified into four types according to their molecular mechanism of action: inhibitors that bind to the ATP binding site, inhibitors that prevent the ATP hydrolysis step and trap the enzyme in a closed clamp, inhibitors that block the DNA cleavage and inhibitors that prevent the enzyme binding to the DNA. One of the important considerations highlighted throughout this review is the structure-based perspective of inhibitor design, giving the reader a medicinal chemist’s perspective on this vibrant and active field of drug design research.

Keywords: DNA topoisomerase II, catalytic inhibitors, ICRF-187 inhibitor, ATP binding site, anticancer agents, medicinal chemistry, drug design, supercoiling, knotting, DNA molecule.

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