- Record reaction cascade yields cancer drug candidate – New active substances can be produced quickly and efficiently with the help of reaction cascades. Once set in motion, these processes lead to the desired end product via a series of intermediate steps which take place in one go in a single reaction vessel. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund have achieved a new world record in cascade synthesis: they succeeded in synthesising complex biologically active substances, Centrocountins, in twelve successive steps. These substances inhibit cell division and could provide new options for the development of antitumour drugs.
Record reaction cascade yields cancer drug candidate