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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||Semiempirical study on the electronic structure of antitumor drugs ellipticines, olivacines and isoellipticines|
de Melo, LC
|Abstract:||Ellipticine [5,11-dimethyl-6H-pyrido[4,3]carbazole] is a planar organic compound isolated from the plant extract of Ochrosia elliptica, with a high degree of antitumor and cytotoxic activity. Ellipticine and its derivatives have different modes of action, which may include intercalation or covalent binding to DNA and interference with the activity of topoisomerase II. In the present work we studied the electronic, geometrical and spectroscopic properties of 31 ellipticine derivatives and analogue compounds, using the semiempirical methods Parametric Method 3 and Zerner's Intermediate Neglect of Differential Overlap. The Zero Differential Overlap semiempirical Molecular Electrostatic Potential (MEP) was also calculated in order to interpret the electronic structure of the molecules. For the biologically tested ellipticines and olivacines we have observed a rule based on the dipole moment values and a selective distribution of active sites (coming from the MEP calculations) that can be used to identify the active molecules. These results provide a pattern which can be used to select potentially active molecules from the untested group of molecules and to design new ellipticine derivatives with improved antitumor activity. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.|
|Editor:||Elsevier Science Bv|
|Appears in Collections:||Artigos e Materiais de Revistas Científicas - Unicamp|
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