Acivicin: A new antimetabolite

  • Robert H. Earhart
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 36)


Acivicin is an L-glutamine antagonist which underwent phase II clinical efficacy evaluation as an anticancer drug in 1985–1986. The biochemical pharmacology of this agent is unique among antimetabolites and offers several interesting possibilities for combination therapy with agents whose activity can be potentiated by acivicin, with agents which can interfere with cellular resistance to acivicin, and with agents which can lessen the dose-limiting toxicity of acivicin. This review will cover some of the experimental background of current clinical research involving acivicin, will relate clinical findings to the preclinical pharmacology of the drug, and will suggest some new directions for both clinical and preclinical research.


Maximum Tolerate Dose Biochemical Pharmacology Large Neutral Amino Acid Ibotenic Acid Lewis Lung Carcinoma Cell 
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