Mechanisms of Repair of Interstrand Crosslinks in DNA

  • Randy J. Legerski
  • Christopher Richie
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 112)


The chemotherapeutic use of the early forms of DNA interstrand crosslinking agents, such as mustard gas and nitrogen mustard, predates the Second World War, making these agents among the oldest, and yet still most effective, anticancer drugs available in the clinic. The alkylation chemistry of these drugs was elucidated shortly after the War, and their cellular pharmacology was studied extensively during the 1970s and 1980s1. In contemporary chemotherapy treatment, interstrand crosslinking agents such as cyclophosphamide, melphalan, and cisplatin are among the most potent antitumor agents. Despite this lengthy history of clinical usage and pharmacologic investigation, the mechanisms of repair of the lesions produced in DNA by interstrand crosslinking agents have not been extensively studied. This relative neglect of investigation into the biochemical pathways of interstrand crosslink (ICL) repair is to be contrasted with the striking advances that have been accomplished in the past decade in other DNA damage processing pathways, such as nucleotide excision repair (NER), double-strand break (DSB) repair, and mismatch repair2


Ionize Radiation Nucleotide Excision Repair Fanconi Anemia Recombinational Repair Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome 
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  • Randy J. Legerski
    • 1
  • Christopher Richie
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular GeneticsThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterTexasUSA

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