Synthesis of a High-Purity Chemical Library Reveals a Potent Inducer of Oxidative Stress

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Needle in a haystack: Synthesis of a high-purity, biogenic, heterocyclic, 936-member library enabled the identification of a small molecule, triazatricyclamide (1), that potently inhibited the proliferation of several cancer cell lines and induced rapid oxidative stress. Unusually, this agent caused cell death by activating both caspase-dependent and -independent pathways.

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