Authors : M. BELJANSKI
Deutsche Zeitschrift für Onkologie, 23, 6, 1991, pp. 155-159.
Available in English only. Summary in German.
ABSTRACT: Radioprotector WR-2721 (S-2 (3-amino-propylamino)-ethyl-phosphorothioic acid) includes in vitro the contraction of DNA chains, but only when these originate from normal cells. Chain contraction results in a decrease of UV absorbance at 260 nm (hypochromicity). A correlation exists between DNA hypercromicity induced by WR-2721 and decrease in the synthesis of the same DNAs used as templates in the presence of this radioprotector. In contrast, the compound has no effect either on secondary structure of DNAs from various cancer cells or on in vitro synthesis of these DNAs. In association with R.L.B. which selectively prime replication of DNAs from normal haematopoietic cells, WR-2721, used at ralatively low doses, protects mice against lethal doses of gamma radiation. Efficient survival rates are obtained. The mechanism of this protection by WR-2721 and R.L.B. is discussed.120 - Radioprotection of Irradiated Mice – Mechanisms and Synergistic Action of WR-2721 and R.L.B.