Bisphosphonamidate clodronate prodrug exhibits potent anticancer activity in non-small-cell lung cancer cells

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Bisphoshonates are used clinically to treat disorders of calcium metabolism, hypercalcemia and osteoporosis, and malignant bone disease. Although these agents are commonly used in cancer patients and have potential direct anticancer effects, their use for the treatment of extraskeletal disease is limited as a result of poor cellular uptake. We have designed and synthesized bisphosphonamidate prodrugs that undergo intracellular activation to release the corresponding bisphosphonate and require only two enzymatic activation events to unmask multiple negative charges. We demonstrate efficient bisphosphonamidate activation and significant enhancement in anticancer activity of two bisphosphonamidate prodrugs in vitro compared to the parent bisphosphonate. These data suggest a novel approach to optimizing the anticancer activities of commonly used bisphosphonates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6647-6656
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of medicinal chemistry
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 13 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery

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