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DNA Alkylation Properties of Yatakemycin

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posted on 16.08.2003, 00:00 by Jay P. Parrish, David B. Kastrinsky, Scott E. Wolkenberg, Yasuhiro Igarashi, Dale L. Boger
Yatakemycin represents the newest and now most potent member of a class of naturally occurring antitumor compounds that includes CC-1065 and the duocarmycins, which derive their biological properties from a characteristic DNA alkylation reaction. Herein, the first description of the yatakemycin DNA alkylation properties is detailed, constituting the first such study of a naturally occurring “sandwiched” member of this class. Thus, the event, sequence selectivity, relative rate and efficiency, and reversibility of the DNA alkylation reaction of yatakemycin are described.