Bis(pivaloyloxymethyl) thymidine 5′-phosphate is a cell membrane-permeable precursor of thymidine 5′-phosphate in thymidine kinase deficient CCRF CEM cells

Saeed R. Khan, Billie Nowak, William Plunkett, David Farquhar

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Abstract

Bis(pivaloyloxymethyl) thymidine 5-phosphate (POM2-dTMP) has been investigated as a membrane-permeable prodrugs of dTMP. The growth inhibitory activity of POM2-TMP has been compared with thymidine (TdR) in wild type CCRF CEM cells (CEM) and a strain that lacks TdR kinase (CEM tk-). After 72 h incubation at 37°C, TdR showed significant antiproliferative activity (IC50 = 27 μM) against CEM cells but was weakly effective (IC50 = 730 μM) against the mutant cell line. By comparison, bis(pivaloyloxymethyl) thymidine 5′-monophosphate (POM2-dTMP) was equally inhibitory (IC50 = 5 μM) to both cell lines. The growth inhibitory effects were reversed by deoxycytidine. Cellular [methyl-3H]dTTP pools increased linearly over 2 h during incubation of CEM or CEM tk- with 5 μM POM2-[methyl- 3H]dTMP. The incorporation of [methyl-3H]TdR into HClO4-insoluble cell residue by CEM tk- was 2-dTMP into acid insoluble residue at a rate 59% that of CEM. These results demonstrate that POM2-dTMP can penetrate into cells and serve as a source of dTMP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1307-1313
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical Pharmacology
Volume69
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2005

Keywords

  • Antitumor
  • Membrane-permeable
  • Prodrugs
  • Thymidine 5′-phosphate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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