Adenosine deaminase inhibitor | definition of adenosine deaminase inhibitor by Medical dictionary
adenosine deaminase inhibitor
adenosine deaminase inhibitor A drug that interferes with the action of the enzyme adenosine deaminase necessary for the irreversible conversion of adenosine to inosine. Failure to form inosine leads to abnormalities in purine nucleoside metabolism that are toxic to the cell concerned. This provides the opportunity to use adenosine deaminase inhibitors as anticancer drugs. The very expensive drug pentostatin (Nipent) is used to treat hairy cell leukaemia in adults.
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Treatment of african trypanosomiasis with cordycepin and adenosine deaminase inhibitors in a mouse model.
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Besides, the anti-inflammatory actions of adenosine deaminase inhibitors
against chronic established colitis depend on the sparing of endogenous adenosine, leading to enhanced adenosine A2A and [A.sub.3] receptor activation .