Antitumor action of N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-nitrosocarbamoyl derivatives of biologically active polypeptide hormone fragments

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The antitumor action of the 2-chloroethylnitrosocarbamoyl derivatives of peptides related to the 9-13 amino acid residues of α-MSH/ACTH and of the C-terminal tetrapeptide analogue of gastrin have been investigated. Series of 2-chloroethylnitrosoureas attached to amino acids, di-, tri-, tetra-, or pentapeptides were examined in a primary screening system. Among these compounds the Pro-Val-, Lys-Pro-Val-, and Trp-Gly-Lys-Pro-Val-containing 2-chloroethylnitrosocarbamoyl groups were the most effective in the L1210 system. The human melanoma xenograft line was also affected by these agents, while colorectal xenografts were insensitive. A combination of tripeptide-2-chloroethyl-nitrosourea with BCNU induced more than additive growth inhibition of L1210 leukemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-132
Number of pages4
JournalCancer Chemotherapy And Pharmacology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cancer Research
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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