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Datasheet of Ellipticine
Description: Ellipticine is a DNA intercalating agent and a DNA topoisomerase II inhibitor. Ellipticine is also a natural product, isolated in 1959 from the Australian evergreen tree of the Apocynaceae family. Ellipticine was found to be an extremely promising anticancer drug. The planar polycyclic structure was found to interact with DNA through intercalation, exhibiting a high DNA binding affinity (10(6) M(-1)). The presence of protonatable ring nitrogens distinguished ellipticine from other simple intercalators. Both monocationic and uncharged species were found to be present under physiological conditions. The positive charge stabilized the binding of ellipticine to nucleic acids, while the more lipophilic uncharged compound was shown to readily penetrate membrane barriers. The structural nature of these compounds offers a plausible basis for the implication of multiple modes of action, including DNA binding, interactions with membrane barriers, oxidative bioactivation and modification of enzyme function; most notably that of topoisomerase II and telomerase.
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Store at -20째C (desiccating conditions).
Handling: Providing storage is as stated on the product vial and the vial is kept tightly sealed, the product can be stored for up to 24 months. Wherever possible, you should prepare and use solutions on the same day. However, if you need to make up stock solutions in advance, we recommend that you store the solution as aliquots in tightly sealed vials at -20째C. Generally, these will be useable for up to one month. Before use, and prior to opening the vial we recommend that you allow your product to equilibrate to room temperature for at least 1 hour.