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Mechanisms of action of quinone-containing alkylating agents: DNA alkylation by aziridinylquinones
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1 CRC Drug Development Group, Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 4BX, U.K.
2 CRC Drug-DNA Interactions Research Group, Department of Oncology, Royal Free and University College Medical School, UCL, 91 Riding House Street, London W1P 8BT, U.K.
3 Department of Biological Sciences, Salford University, Salford M5 4WT, United Kingdom
Academic Editor:Peter Gutierrez
Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2000, 5(4), 172–180;
Published: 1 November 2000
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mechanisms of action of quinone-containing alkylating agents)

Aziridinyl quinones can be activated by cellular reductases eg. DT-diaphorase and cytochrome P450 reductase to form highly reactive DNA alkylating agents. The mechanisms by which this activation and alkylation take place are many and varied. Using clinically relevant and experimental agents this review will describe many of these mechanisms. The agents discussed are Mitomycin C, EO9 and analogues, diaziridinylbenzoquinones and the pyrrolo[1, 2-alpha]benzimidazolequinones.

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