hycanthone

Definition / meaning of hycanthone

A thioxanthene derivative of lucanthone with anti-schistosomal activity and potential antineoplastic activity. Hycanthone interferes with parasite nerve function, resulting in parasite paralysis and death. This agent also intercalates into DNA and inhibits RNA synthesis in vitro.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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