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NCI Drug Dictionary

NCI Drug Dictionary

  

nifurtimox 
A nitrofuran derivative with antiprotozoal and potential antineoplastic activities. Nifurtimox is reduced by cytosol enzymes or flavin-containing microsomal enzymes to a highly reactive nitro anion free radical; autooxidation of the nitro anion free radical generates cytotoxic superoxide anion (02-). In addition, nifurtimox-derived nitro anion free radicals may alkylate macromolecules such as nucleic acids and proteins, resulting in the disruption of their structure and function. Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
Foreign brand name:Lampit