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Prodrug activation by enzyme, a promising strategy for chemotherapy

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Author(s):
Lorena Blau ; Renato Farina Menegon ; Man Chin Chung
Total Authors: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Química Nova; v. 29, n. 6, p. 1307-1317, Dez. 2006.
Abstract

Strategies that promote selective activation of prodrugs by enzymes can be divided into two major classes: 1) deliver of a monoclonal antibody-enzyme immunoconjugate that can recognize a specific antigen and promote the prodrug to a citotoxic drug, with a high selectivity for the target cells, and 2) selective gene delivery encoding an enzyme that can promote the prodrug to a citotoxic drug for the target cells. In this article are discussed ADEPT (antibody-directed enzyme prodrug therapy), GDEPT (gene-directed enzyme prodrug therapy), VDEPT (virus-directed enzyme prodrug therapy), GPAT (genetic prodrug activation therapy) and PDEPT (polymer-directed enzyme prodrug therapy) approaches, their clinical trials, advantages, disadvantages and perspectives. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 01/01192-3 - Potential antitripanosomal derived from nitro-heterocyclic compounds
Grantee:Elizabeth Igne Ferreira
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants