mercaptopurine :

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  • n  a drug (trade name Purinethol) that interferes with the metabolism of purine and is used to treat acute lymphocytic leukemia

  • This principle, already put to work in leukemia with the use of 6-mercaptopurine, will be extended as fast as other effective chemicals can be developed.
  • Five doctors from Memorial Center reported a new addition to medicine's weapons against leukemia: a chemical known as 6-mercaptopurine.
  • In 1953, Manhattan's Sloan-Kettering Institute introduced another anti-leukemia drug, 6-mercaptopurine.

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