Bioactivation of dinitrobenzamide mustards by an E. coli B nitroreductase.

A nitroreductase isolated and purified from Escherichia coli B has been demonstrated to have potential applications in ADEPT (antibody-directed enzyme prodrug therapy) by its ability in vitro to reduce dinitrobenzamides (e.g. 5-aziridinyl 2,4-dinitrobenzamide, CB 1954 and its bischloroethylamino analogue, SN 23862) to form cytotoxic derivatives. In contrast… (More)