Chemical Dissection of the Link between Streptozotocin, O-GlcNAc, and Pancreatic Cell Death
A practical and convenient method for synthesizing antitumor compounds, N-alkyl-N-nitrosoureas, regioselectively nitrosated on the nitrogen atom bearing the alkyl group is proposed. N-Alkyl-N-nitrosocarbamates are interesting intermediates in these syntheses and yield, by reaction with amino compounds, the regioselectively nitrosated N-alkyl-N-nitrosoureas. As an interesting example, N,N'-bis[(2-chloroethyl)nitrosocarbamoyl]cystamine, a new attractive oncostatic derivative, has been prepared. The cytotoxic activity of these various compounds were tested on L1210 leukemia.