an anthracycline drug used for chemotherapy -epirubicin
epirubicin is an anthracycline drug used for chemotherapy. it can be used in combination with other medications to treat breast cancer in patients who have had surgery to remove the tumor. it is marketed by pfizer under the trade name ellence in the us and pharmorubicin or epirubicin ebewe elsewhere.
similarly to other anthracyclines, epirubicin acts by intercalating dna strands. intercalation results in complex formation which inhibits dna and rna synthesis. it also triggers dna cleavage by topoisomerase ii, resulting in mechanisms that lead to cell death. binding to cell membranes and plasma proteins may be involved in the compound's cytotoxic effects. epirubicin also generates free radic
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