Additional nucleotide derivatives of mitosenes. Synthesis and activity against parental and multidrug resistant L1210 leukemia

Bhashyam S. Iyengar, Robert T. Dorr, Robert T Dorr

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Cytidine 5′-monophosphate and 5′-ara-CMP conjugates of 2,7-diaminomitosene, with the phosphate groups linked to C-1, were prepared by treating mitomycin C with the appropriate nucleotides. 5′-UMP conjugates were prepared from mitomycin A, 7 (M-83), and 8 (BMY-25282) by similar procedures. A conjugate could not be prepared from mitomycin C and 6-MPRP, but a sulfur-linked derivative was made with 6-MP ribonucleoside. The corresponding 1-hydroxy-2-aminomitosenes were prepared from the parent mitomycin analogues for structure-activity comparisons. All compounds were tested against L1210 murine leukemia in the MTT tetrazolium dye assay. In general, the conjugates were less potent than the parent mitomycins; however 5′-ara-CMP conjugate 14 derived from mitomycin C was more potent than the parent compound or any mitomycin tested except mitomycin A. It also was more potent than ara-C. This result establishes the value of this approach to prodrugs, at least in cell culture. Against a multidrug-resistant L1210 cell line, all of the conjugates derived from mitomycin C were more potent than the parent compound. 6-Mercaptopurine ribonucleoside conjugate 15 was more active against the resistant cells than it was against the parental cell line.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1947-1951
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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