Published in Gene Therapy Weekly, November 13th, 2003
According to recent research from England, "Escherichia coli nitroreductase (NTR) activates the prodrug CB1954 to a cytotoxic derivative, allowing selective sensitization of NTR-expressing cells or tumors to the prodrug. This is one of several enzyme-prodrug combinations that are under development for cancer gene therapy, and the system has now entered clinical trials. Enhancing the catalytic efficiency of NTR for CB1954 could improve its therapeutic potential."
"From the crystal structure of an enzyme-ligand complex, we identified nine amino acid residues within the active site...
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