5-Iminodaunomycin. An anthracycline with unique properties

C. E. Myers, J. R F Muindi, J. Zweier, B. K. Sinha

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5-Iminodaunomycin forms a 3:1 complex with Fe(III) at pH 7.4. Drug-metal complex formation is associated with a marked decline in absorbance at 548 and 593 nm and the appearance of a broad band above 625 nm. The 5-iminodaunomycin-Fe(III) complex reacts with hydrogen peroxide to yield .OH radicals. This reaction is at a maximum at a drug/iron ratio of 2:1, and the yield is far less than that obtained with the doxorubicin-iron complex. In contrast to the results with doxorubicin, the production of .OH declines markedly at high 5-iminodaunomycin/iron ratios. There is a close parallel between the formation of hydroxyl radicals and the ability of the 5-iminodaunomycin complex to nick supercoiled SV40 DNA. The suppression of both .OH and DNA damage at high 5-iminodaunomycin:iron ratios is the result of several factors. 1) The presence of DNA stimulated .OH production from the doxorubicin complex, but not 5-iminodaunomycin; 2) doxorubicin reduces its chelated Fe(III) to Fe(II), but 5-iminodaunomycin does not; 3) 5-iminodaunomycin forms such a stable drug-metal complex that solvent water and, therefore, presumably H2O2 has diminished access to the chelated iron. The affinity of 5-iminodaunomycin is such that it can quantitatively abstract iron from doxorubicin. As a result, 5-iminodaunomycin is an effective competitive inhibitor of .OH radical formation by the doxorubicin-iron complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11571-11577
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number24
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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