NCI Drug Dictionary

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The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

An antineoplastic oligosaccharide anthracycline antineoplastic antibiotic isolated from the bacterium Actinosporangium bohemicum. Marcellomycin intercalates into DNA and induces DNA crosslinks, thereby inhibiting DNA replication and repair and RNA and protein synthesis. This agent also induces differentiation in HL-60 promyelocytic leukemia cells by interfering with glycoprotein synthesis. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:Rhodirubin E
Chemical structure:1-Naphthacenecarboxylic acid, 4-[[O-2,6-dideoxy-.alpha.-L-lyxo-hexopyranosyl-(1.fwdarw.4)-O-2, 6-dideoxy-.alpha.-L-lyxo-hexopyranosyl-(1.fwdarw.4)-2,3, 6-trideoxy-3-(dimethylamino)-.alpha.-L-lyxo-hexopyranosyl]oxy]-2-e thyl-1,2,3,4,6,11-hexahydro-2,5,7,10-tetrahydroxy-6,11-dioxo-, methyl ester, (1R-(1.alpha.,2.beta.,4.beta.))- (9CI)