N-methylformamide

Definition / meaning of N-methylformamide

A water-soluble organic solvent. As an adjuvant antineoplastic agent, N-methylformamide depletes cellular glutathione, a key molecule involved in the antioxidation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and other free radicals, thereby enhancing ionizing radiation-induced DNA cross-linking in and terminal differentiation of tumor cells.

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

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