- The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
- Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin (ISSN:00092363)
- vol.33, no.1, pp.301-307, 1985-01-25 (Released:2008-03-31)
The activity of porcine liver esterase towards diesters of 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine with saturated aliphatic acids including acetic, propionic, butyric, hexanoic, octanoic, decanoic and dodecanoic acids was investigated. The susceptibility of the 3', 5'-diesters increased as the acyl chain was lengthened up to octanoyl, but further increase in the acyl chain length resulted in a sharp decrease in the susceptibility. The susceptibility of 3'-and 5'-monoesters increased as the chain was lengthened to decanoyl and slightly decreased on going to dodecanoyl. These results suggest that the higher antitumor activity of longer alkyl chain diesters of 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine is partly due to their slow rates of hydrolysis by non-specific esterase.