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Rebeccamycin

solid, ≥98% (HPLC), from Saccharothrix aerocolonigenes

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Biochem/physiol Actions

Rebeccamycin is an antibiotic composed of a halogenated indolocarbazole chromophore linked via N-glycosidic bond to a glucose derivative. As an antitumor agent,1 it is cytotoxic to tumor cell lines such as human lung adenocarcinoma, colon carcinoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma, etc.2 Rebeccamycin intercalates into the DNA and is an inhibitor of topoisomerase I. It stabilizes the covalent topoisomerase I-DNA intermediate (the cleavable complex) resulting in increased DNA strand breaks.3

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