Molecular design, chemical synthesis, and biological evaluation of anthracene-carbohydrate hybrids as novel DNA photocleaving and photoselective cytotoxic agents

Kazunobu Toshima, Masashi Hasegawa, Junji Shimizu, Shuichi Matsumura

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The anthracene-carbohydrate hybrids were designed and synthesized via an effective glycosidation. The hybrids cleaved double stranded DNA at the guanine site upon irradiation with UV light of a long wavelength and without any additive. The anthracene-carbohydrate hybrid system was very effective for the DNA cleavage. Furthermore, the anthracene-carbohydrate hybrids exhibited photoselective and strong cytotoxicity against cancer cells with photoirradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-35
Number of pages8
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Aug 23



  • Anthracene
  • Carbohydrate
  • Cytotoxicity
  • DNA cleavage
  • Photoirradiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry

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