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Mar. Drugs 2017, 15(4), 99; doi:10.3390/md15040099

Current Status of Marine-Derived Compounds as Warheads in Anti-Tumor Drug Candidates

Wayne, PA 19087, USA
Gaithersburg, MD 20877, USA
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Academic Editor: Keith B. Glaser
Received: 28 February 2017 / Revised: 24 March 2017 / Accepted: 27 March 2017 / Published: 29 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Drugs as Antitumour Agents 2017)
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In this review, we have attempted to describe all of the antibody–drug conjugates using a marine-derived compound as the “warhead”, that are currently in clinical trials as listed in the current version of the NIH clinical trials database ( In searching this database, we used the beta-test version currently available, as it permitted more specific search parameters, since the regular version did not always find trials that had been completed in the past with some agents. We also added small discussion sections on candidates that are still at the preclinical stage, including a derivative of diazonamide that has an unusual interaction with tubulin (DZ-23840), which may also be a potential warhead in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs); marine derived antitumor agents; clinical trials Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs); marine derived antitumor agents; clinical trials

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Newman, D.J.; Cragg, G.M. Current Status of Marine-Derived Compounds as Warheads in Anti-Tumor Drug Candidates. Mar. Drugs 2017, 15, 99.

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