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Title:
TERMINALLY-BRANCHED POLYMERIC LINKERS AND POLYMERIC CONJUGATES CONTAINING THE SAME
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1999/053951
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention is directed to polymeric-prodrug transport forms of formula (I), wherein: J is (1), (2) or (3), E¿1-4? are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C¿1-6? alkyls, C¿3-12? branched alkyls, C¿3-8? cycloalkyls, C¿1-6? substituted alkyls, C¿3-8? substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C¿1-6? heteroalkyls, substituted C¿1-6? heteroalkyls, C¿1-6? alkoxy, phenoxy, C¿1-6? heteroalkoxy, (2) or (3) and at least one of E¿1-4? includes a B moiety, wherein B is a leaving group, OH, a residue of a hydroxyl-or amino-containing moiety or formula (II) wherein J¿1? is the same as J, or another member of the group defining J and E¿5? is the same as E¿1-4?, or another member of the group defining E¿1-4?; Y¿1-2? are independently O, S or NR¿9?; M is a heteroatom selected from either X or Q; wherein X is an electron withdrawing group and Q is a moiety containing a free electron pair positioned three to six atoms from C(=Y¿2?); R¿2-5? and R¿7-9? are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C¿1-6? alkyls, C¿3-12? branched alkyls, C¿3-8? cycloalkyls, C¿1-6? substituted alkyls, C¿3-8? substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C¿1-6? heteroalkyls, substituted C¿1-6? heteroalkyls, C¿1-6? alkoxy, phenoxy and C¿1-6? heteroalkoxy; (m1) and (m2) are independently zero or one; (n1), (n2), (p1), (p2) and (q) are independently zero or a positive integer; Z is an electron withdrawing group; and R¿1? is a polymeric residue, which is optionally capped with a moiety of formula (V).

Inventors:
Martinez, Anthony J. (20 Weybourne Road Hamilton Square, NJ, 08690, US)
Pendri, Annapurna (1221 Town Colony Drive Middletown, CT, 06457, US)
Greenwald, Richard B. (113 Hickory Road Somerset, NJ, 08873, US)
Choe, Yun H. (2 Gemma Court Piscataway, NJ, 08854, US)
Application Number:
PCT/US1999/008373
Publication Date:
October 28, 1999
Filing Date:
April 16, 1999
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ENZON, INC. (20 Kingsbridge Road Piscataway, NJ, 08854, US)
International Classes:
A61K47/34; A61K47/48; A61P1/00; A61P9/08; A61P15/08; A61P15/18; A61P25/04; A61P25/22; A61P25/28; A61P29/00; C07D491/22; C07H15/252; C08F283/00; C08G65/329; C08G85/00; (IPC1-7): A61K39/385; A01N37/00; A01N43/02; A01N31/14; C08F283/00
Foreign References:
US5614549A1997-03-25
US5643575A1997-07-01
US5547981A1996-08-20
US5622986A1997-04-22
US5693310A1997-12-02
Other References:
OUCHI T., ET AL.: "SYNTHESIS AND ANTITUMOR ACTIVITY OF POLY(ETHYLENE GLYCOL)S LINKED TO 5-FLUOROURACIL VIA A URETHANE OR UREA BOND.", DRUG DESIGN AND DISCOVERY, TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC., US, vol. 09., 1 January 1992 (1992-01-01), US, pages 93 - 105., XP002921399, ISSN: 1055-9612
ZALIPSKY S., GILON C., ZILKHA A.: "ATTACHMENT OF DRUGS TO POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS.", EUROPEAN POLYMER JOURNAL., PERGAMON PRESS LTD. OXFORD., GB, vol. 19., no. 12., 1 January 1983 (1983-01-01), GB, pages 1177 - 1183., XP000646875, ISSN: 0014-3057, DOI: 10.1016/0014-3057(83)90016-2
See also references of EP 1071455A4
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Mercanti, Michael N. (Roberts & Mercanti, L.L.P. P.O. Box 484 Princeton, NJ, 08542-0484, US)
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Claims:
WE CLAIM :
1. A compound comprising the formula : wherein : Ex. are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1 6 alkyls, C312 branched alkyls, C38 cycloalkyls, C16 substituted alkyls, C38 substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, Cl heteroalkyls, substituted Clz 6 heteroalkyls, Cl 6 alkoxy, phenoxy, Cl heteroalkoxy, and at least one of E,., includes a B moiety, wherein B is a leaving group, OH, a residue of a hydroxylcontaining moiety, a residue of an aminecontaining moiety or wherein j1 is the same as J, or another member of the group defining J and Es is the same as Ex,,, or another member of the group defining El 4 ; Y 2 are independently O, S or NR9 ; M is a heteroatom selected from either X or Q; wherein X is an electron withdrawing group and Q is a moiety containing a free electron pair positioned three to six atoms from C (=Y2) ; R2. s and R79 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C16 alkyls, C312 branched alkyls, C38 cycloalkyls, C16 substituted alkyls, C38 substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C16 heteroalkyls, substituted C16 heteroalkyls, C16 alkoxy, phenoxy and C16 heteroakoxy; (m 1) and (m2) are independently zero or one ; (n 1), (n2), (p 1), (p2) and (q) are independently zero or a positive integer ; Z is an electron withdrawing group ; and R, is a polymeric residue.
2. The compound of claim 1, wherein R, further comprises a capping group A. selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, CO, H, C,6alkyl moieties, dialkyl acyl urea alkyls and.
3. The compound of claim 1, wherein Y, and Y2 are oxygen.
4. The compound of claim 1, wherein R25, R7 and RN are hydrogen.
5. The compound of claim I, wherein X is selected from the group consisting of O, S, SO, SO2, C (Y3) and NR6, wherein Y3 is selected from the group consisting of O, S and R9, and R6 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C,6 alkyls, C312 branched alkyls, C38 cycloalkyls, C16 substituted alkyls, C3 N substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C16 heteroalkyls and substituted C16 heteroalkyls.
6. The compound of claim 1, wherein Q is selected from the group consisting of C24 alkyls, cycloalkyls, aryls, aralkyl groups substituted with a member of the group consisting of NH, O, S, CH2C(O)NH, and orthosubstituted phenyls.
7. The compound of claim I, wherein (p1) and (p2) are 1.
8. The compound of claim 1, wherein (n I) and (n2) are individually I or 2.
9. The compound of claim 8, wherein (nl) is I and (n2) is 2.
10. The compound of claim 1, wherein (ml) and (m2) are 1.
11. The compound of claim 1, wherein (q) is I.
12. The compound of claim 1, wherein R, comprises a polyalkylene oxide residue.
13. The compound of claim 12, wherein said polyalkylene oxide residue comprises polyethylene glycol.
14. The compound of claim 1 wherein said polymeric residue has a molecular weight of from about 2, 000 to about 100, 000.
15. The compound of claim 14, wherein said polymeric residue has a molecular weight of from about 20, 000 to about 40, 000.
16. The compound of claim I wherein B is a residue of a member of the group consisting of AraC, camptothecin, camptothecin analogs, paclitaxel, taxoteres, gemcitabine, podophyllotoxin, fluconazole, ciclopirox, amphoteracin B, nystatin, doxorubicin, daunorubicin, maytansine, vancomycin and erythromycin.
17. The compound of claim 1 wherein B is a residue of a member of the group consisting of antitumor agents ; cardiovascular agents, antineoplastics anti infectives, antifungals, antianxiety agents, gastrointestinal agents, central nervous systemactivating agents, analgesics, fertility or contraceptive agents, anti inflammatory agents, steroidal agents, antiurecemic agents, cardiovascular agents, vasodilating agents and vasoconstricting agents.
18. A compound of claim 1, having a formula selected from the group consisting of :.
19. A compound of claim 1, having a formula selected from the group consisting of : Drug DrugOiC' jj . 4 NCOrDrug 0 O O Drug02C/n''x CODrug 0 Drug02C/o x \ COrDrug o Drug02C 0 H C07orug f Orug0 : C, o ° 0CO,Crug DrugO ; C p O p COZrug o. v u X DrugO, H x Õ CO2Drug O O Drug02C O N °t o>CO2 Drug DrugO=C/'H tx H COOru z 9 OfugOC H 0 COyJrug \ O Drug02C 0 \Cororug Drug02C (CH2) p, 0 (CH2) plCO2Drug Drug02C (CH2) p H 0" (CHCO ; ;Drug 9 z (z) Pi H, , p \ (CHz) PCOZDrug DrugOZC' R eN 'N/ 0 H ° R \, COrOrug Orug02C o \ p COzDrug Pro CODrug /CODrug DrugOC' CODrug 0\ jj f)/'0 CO,Dr ug o,"''r \ o Orug02C C02Drug 'N, N" N 0~0WN o OrugO2C 0 CO,Drug o o Drug02C C02Orug 0 0 DrugNH. iI OI'^II Drug. NH. c 1\NHDrug ) ! o n O IO 0 DrugNhl C ^ II Dnßg. CNHDrug O/y r y Drug. NH, G,,/ 1, \ CNH. Clrug Drug.JH. CI i H CNHOtug V O O 0 0 0 O O OrugNH. 0 0 0, _,, CNNDrug /N O O ! j 0 CNHOnig !')) 0 O O O O O =H£ \/e H ; l l \ CN9ug 0 11 OnNHy Ht r, T, N o DrugHNCO (CHZ) P p u (CHZ) PCONHDrug DrugHNCO (CHZ) PyN./pN (CHZ) PCONHDrug DrugHNCO (CHZ) P H x p (CHZ) PCONHDrug ° o Q H ICNHOrug / , j N O/NOt_ OJ I DrugNH. C 0 : > H 0 0 CNHDrug 0 it j 0 0 0 N o N C NHDug Drug. NH. C _/ IN R \CNH. Orug 0 fut 0 O O ICI o OrugNHCH O Ov CNHOrug _IPi 0 0 0 0 DtugNHC 0 0 0 DrugNH zon OrugNHC (CNHOrug o C. NH. O. g OcuoNHC ( N N 094"qo) (p) C (Ol. Nh1Oug wherein (x) represents the degree of polymerization and"Drug"represents a residue of a hydroxylor aminecontaining biologically active compound which has undergone a substitution reaction which results in the attachment of the biologically active moiety to the branched polymer.
20. A method of preparing a polymeric transport system, comprising a) reacting a compound of formula : E14 are independently independently selected from group consisting consisting hydrogen, C16 alkyls, C312 branched alkyls, C38 cycloalkyls, C16 substituted alkyls, C3 sj substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, ClZ heteroalkyls, subsituted Cl 6 heteroalkyls, substituted C16 heteroalkyls, C16 alkoxy, phenoxy, Cl 6 heteroalkoxy, and at least one of E,. 4 includes a B moiety, wherein B is a leaving group, OH or wherein J, is the same as J, or another member of the group defining J and Es is the same as E, 4 or another member of the group defining E,4, 4; Y1 is O, S, or NR9 ; R45 and R79 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C16alkyls, C312 branched alkyls, C38 cycloalkyls, C16 substituted alkyls, C38 substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C16 heteroalkyls, subsituted C16 heteroalkyls, substituted C16 heteroalkyls, C16 alkoxy, phenoxy, and C,6 heteroalkoxy ; (m I) and (m2) are independently zero or one ; (n 1), (n2), (p 1), and (p2) are independently zero or a positive integer ; and (Z) is an electron withdrawing group ; with a compound of the formula : wherein B, is a leaving group which is capable of reacting with an unprotected amine ; Y2 is O, S, or NR9; q is independently zero or a positive integer ; Ruz_3 are selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, Clz alkyls, C312 branched alkyls, C38 cycloalkyls, C16 substituted alkyls, C38 substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, ClZ heteroalkyls, subsituted Cl 6 heteroalkyls, substituted C16 heteroalkyls, C16 alkoxy, phenoxy, and Cl 6 heteroalkoxy ; M is a heteroatom selected from either X or Q ; wherein X is an electron withdrawing group and Q is a moiety containing a free electron pair positioned three to six atoms from C (=Y2) ; and (RI) is a polymeric residue ; and b) reacting the resultant compound with a sufficient amount of a biologically active moiety having a substitutable hydroxyl or amino group.
21. A method of preparing a polymeric transport system, comprising a) reacting a sufficient amount of a biologically active moiety having a substitutable hydroxyl or amino group with a compound of the formula : wherein B3 is a cleavable protecting group ; E14 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C16alkyls, C312 branched alkyls, C38 cycloalkyls, C16 substituted alkyls, C38 substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, Cl 6 heteroalkyls, subsituted C,, heteroalkyls, substituted CI6 heteroalkyls, C16 alkoxy, phenoxy, C16 heteroalkoxy, and at least one of E14 includes a B moiety, wherein B is a leaving group, OH, or wherein J, is the same as J, or another member of the group defining J and ES is the same as E14 or another member of the group defining E,. 4 ; Y, is O, S, or NRg ; R4 s and R79 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C16 alkyls, C312 branched alkyls, C38 cycloalkyls, C16 substituted alkyls, C38 substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C, 6 heteroalkyls, subsituted C, 6 heteroalkyls, substituted C, 6 heteroalkyls, C, 6 alkoxy, phenoxy, and C,6 heteroalkoxy ; (ml) and (m2) are independently zero or one ; (n1), (n2), (p1), and (p2) are independently zero or a positive integer ; and (Z) is an electron withdrawing group ; with a biologically active moiety having a hydroxyl or amine group ; b) deprotecting the resultant intermediate by removing B3 ; and c) reacting the deprotected intermediate compound with a compound of the formula wherein B2 is a leaving group which is capable of reacting with an unprotected amine ; Y2 is O, S, or NR9 ; q is independently zero or a positive integer ; R2.., are selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C16 alkyls, C312 branched alkyls, C38 cycloalkyls, C16 substituted alkyls, C38 substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C16 heteroalkyls, substituted C16 heteroalkyls, substituted C1 6 heteroalkyls, C, 6 alkoxy, phenoxy, and C, 6 heteroalkoxy ; M is a heteroatom selected from either X or Q ; wherein X is an electron withdrawing group and Q is a moiety containing a free electron pair positioned three to six atoms from C (=Yz) ; and (R,) is a polymeric residue.
22. A method of treating a mammal with prodrugs, comprising : administering to a mammal in need of such treatment an effective amount of a composition of claim I wherein B is a residue of a biologically active moiety.
Description:
TERMINALLY-BRANCHED POLYMERIC LINKERS AND POLYMERIC CONJUGATES CONTAINING THE SAME TECHNICAL FIELD The present invention relates to new types of terminally-activated polymeric materials which are useful in forming long-acting conjugates of bioactive materials.

In particular, the invention relates to polymeric-based conjugates having increased therapeutic payloads and methods of preparing the same.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Over the years, several methods of administering biologically-effective materials to mammals have been proposed. Many medicinal agents are available as water-soluble salts and can be included in pharmaceutical formulations relatively easily. Problems arise when the desired medicinal agent is either insoluble in aqueous fluids or is rapidly degraded in vivo. Alkaloids are often especially difficult to solubilize.

One way to solubilize medicinal agents is to include them as part of a soluble prodrug. Prodrugs include chemical derivatives of a biologically-active parent compound which, upon administration, eventually liberate the parent compound in vivo. Prodrugs allow the artisan to modify the onset and/or duration of action of an agent in vivo and can modify the transportation, distribution or solubility of a drug in the body. Furthermore, prodrug formulations often reduce the toxicity and/or otherwise overcome difficulties encountered when administering pharmaceutical preparations. Typical examples of prodrugs include organic phosphates or esters of alcohols or thioalcohols. See Remington's Pharmaceutical Sciences, 16thEd., A. Osol, Ed. (1980), the disclosure of which is incorporated by reference herein.

Prodrugs are often biologically inert or substantially inactive forms of the parent or active compound. The rate of release of the active drug, i. e. the rate of hydrolysis, is influenced by several factors but especially by the type of bond joining the parent drug to the modifier. Care must be taken to avoid preparing prodrugs which are eliminated through the kidney or reticular endothelial system, etc. before a sufficient amount of hydrolysis of the parent compound occurs.

Incorporating a polymer as part of a prodrug system has been suggested to increase the circulating life of a drug. However, it has been determined that when only one or two polymers of less than about 10, 000 daltons each are conjugated to certain biologically active substances such as alkaloid compounds, the resulting conjugates are rapidly eliminated in vivo, especially if a somewhat hydrolysis- resistant linkage is used. In fact, such conjugates are so rapidly cleared from the body that even if a hydrolysis-prone ester linkage is used, not enough of the parent molecule is regenerated in vivo to be therapeutic.

Camptothecin and related biologically active analogs are often poorly water soluble and are examples of substances which would benefit from PEG prodrug technology. A brief overview of some previous work in the field is presented below.

Ohya, et al., J. Bioactive and Compatible Polymers Vol. 10 Jan., 1995, 51- 66, disclose doxorubicin-PEG conjugates which are prepared by linking the two substituents via various linkages including esters. The molecular weight of the PEG used, however, is only about 5, 000 at most. Thus, the in vivo benefits are not fully realized because the conjugates are substantially excreted prior to sufficient linkage hydrolysis.

U. S. Patent No. 4, 943, 579 discloses certain simple 20 (S)-camptothecin amino acid esters in their salt forms as water soluble prodrugs. The reference does not, however, disclose using an amino acid as part of a linkage which would attach the alkaloid to a relatively high molecular weight polymer in order to form a prodrug. As evidenced by the data provided in Table 2 of the'579 patent, hydrolysis is rapid. Consequently, at physiologic pH, the insoluble base is rapidly generated after injection, binds to proteins and is quickly eliminated from the body

before a therapeutic effect can be achieved. A related effort was directed to developing a water-soluble camptothecin sodium salt. Unfortunately, the water- soluble sodium salt of camptothecin remained too toxic for clinical application (Gottlieb et al,. 1970 Cancer Chemother, Rep. 54, 461 ; Moertel et al,. 1972 ibi, 56, 95 ; Gottlieb et al., 1972 ibid, 56, 103).

Commonly-assigned PCT publication W096/23794 describes bis-conjugates in which one equivalent of the hydroxyl-containing drug is attached to each terminal of the polymer. In spite of this advance, techniques which would further increase the payload of the polymer have been sought.

Thus, there continues to be a need to provide addition technologies for forming prodrugs of therapeutic moieties such as camptothecin and related analogs.

The present invention addresses this need.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In one aspect of the invention, compounds of Formula (I) are provided : El. are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C, alkyls, C3-12 branched alkyls, C3-8 cycloalkyls, C1-6 substituted alkyls, C3-8 substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, Cl4 heteroalkyls, substituted C,. 6 heteroalkyls, Cs4 alkoxy, phenoxy, Cl. heteroalkoxy,

and at least one of E1-4 includes a B moiety, wherein B is a leaving group, OH, a residue of a hydroxyl-or amine-containing moiety or wherein J, is the same as J, or another member of the group defining J and Es is the same as Ex 4, or another member of the group defining E, -4; Yt. are independently () or S ; M is a heteroatom selected from either X or Q ; wherein X is an electron withdrawing group and Q is a moiety containing a free electron pair positioned three to six atoms from C (=Y2) ; R25 and R78 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6 alkyls, C3-12 branched alkyls, C3-8 cycloalkyls, C1-6 substituted alkyls, C3-, substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C1-6 heteroalkyls, substituted C1-6 heteroalkyls, C1-6 alkoxy, phenoxy and Cl4 heteroakoxy ; (ml) and (m2) are independently zero or one ; (nl), (n2), (pl), (p2) and (q) are independently zero or a positive integer ; Z is an electron withdrawing group ; and R, is a polymeric residue such as a water-soluble polyalkylene oxide, preferably having a molecular weight of at least about 20, 000 Daltons.

In preferred aspects of the invention, the polymeric residue is also substituted on the distal portion with another branching group to provide compounds of the formula (1') :

where all variables are as previously defined. The bifunctional compounds are thus formed when the polymeric residue (R,) includes both an alpha and an omega terminal linking group so that two, four or more equivalents of a biologically active agent, drus or protein, designated herein as B, can be delivered. Multifunctional compounds represented by the formula (1') are preferred.

When B is a residue of a hydroxyl-containing moiety or an amine-containing moiety, each B is attached via a hydrolyzable linkage which attaches to the polymer residue terminus.

Examples of hydroxyl-containing moieties for which one or more of improved aqueous solubility, decreased antigenicity, prodrug and/or controlled release delivery is desired include chemotherapeutic compound residues such as anti-fungal compounds, including triazoles, echinocandins, pneumocandins, etc, anti-cancer compounds such as camptothecin, paclitaxel, etoposide, anti-cancer platinum compounds containing OH groups, floxuridine or podophyllotoxin. In still further embodiments, other oncolytic agents, non-oncolytic agents such as anti- inflammatory agents, including steroidal compounds, as well as therapeutic low molecular weight peptides such as insulin are also contemplated.

Examples of amine-containing moieties for which one or more of improved aqueous solubility, decreased antigenicity, prodrug and/or controlled release delivery is desired include antimetabolites such as Ara-C or gemcitabine.

Alternatively, B can be a leaving group such as N-hydroxybenzotriazolyl, N-hydroxyphthalimidyl, halogen, p-nitrophenoxy, imidazolyl, N-hydroxysuccinimidyl, thiazolidyl thione, or other activating groups.

For purposes of the present invention, the term"residue"shall be understood to mean that portion of a biologically active compound which remains after the biologically active compound has undergone a substitution reaction in which the prodrug carrier portion has been attached.

For purposes of the present invention, the term"alkyl"shall be understood to include straight, branched, substituted, e. g. halo-, alkoxy-, and nitro-C"2 alkyls, C3 8 cycloalkyls or substituted cycloalkyls, etc.

For purposes of the present invention, the term"substituted"shall be understood to include adding or replacing one or more atoms contained within a functional group or compound with one or more different atoms.

The term"sufficient amounts"for purposes of the present invention shall mean an amount which achieves a therapeutic effet as such effect is understood by those of ordinary skill in the art.

One of the chief advantages of the compounds of the present invention is that the prodrugs have a higher payload per unit of polymer than previous techniques. Another advantage is that the linkers achieve a proper balance between the rate of parent drug-potymer linkage hydrolysis and the rate of clearance of prodrug from the body. The linkages between the polymer and the parent compounds, also referred to herein as a biologically-active nucleophiles, hydrolyze at a rate which allows a sufficient amount of the parent molecules to be released in vivo before clearance of the prodrug from the plasma or body. The high payload polymeric conjugates of the present invention are thus unique delivery systems which can contain up to four or a greater number of molecules of a drug.

Methods of making and using the compounds and conjugates described herein are also provided.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Figures la, Ib, 2a, 2b schematically illustrate methods of forming compounds of the present invention.

Figures 3-9 schematically illustrate compounds synthesized in the Examples.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION A. THE PRODRUGS In one preferred embodiment of the invention, the compositions of the invention comprise the formula : El, are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, CI-6 6 <BR> <BR> alkyls, C3, 2 branched alkyls, C3 8 cycloalkyls, C, substituted alkyls, C3 s substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C, 6 heteroalkyls, substituted CI-6 6 heteroalkyls, C, alkoxy, phenoxy, C, heteroalkoxy, and at least one of E1-4 includes a B moiety, wherein B is a leaving group, OH, a residue of a hydroxy-or amine-containing moiety or

wherein J1 is the same as J, or another member of the group defining J ; optionally when Jl is the same as J, ml, nl and pl, etc. are different from those used in J ; and E, is the same as E,-4, or another member of the group defining Et ; Y,. 2 are independently O or S ; M is a heteroatom selected from either X or Q ; wherein X is an electron withdrawing group and Q is a moiety containing a free electron pair positioned three to six atoms from C (=Y2) ; R2-, and R78 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6 alkyls, C3-12 branched alkyls, C3-8 cycloalkyls, C1-6 substituted alkyls, C3 s substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C, heteroalkyls, substituted Cl 6 heteroalkyls, Cl alkoxy, phenoxy and Cl 6 heteroakoxy ; (ml) and (m2) are independently zero or one ; (n1), (n2), (p1), (p2) and (q) are independently zero or a positive integer ; Z is an electron withdrawing group ; and R, is a polymeric residue.

Preferably, the polymer residue portion, designated Ri herein, is further substituted with a terminal capping moiety (A,) which is distal to the linker portion containing the branched amine. A non-limiting list of suitable capping groups includes hydrogen, CO2H, C1-6 alkyl moieties, biologically active and inactive moieties, dialkyl acyl urea alkyls, and moieties of Formula (V) : wherein all variables are as defined above.

Within Formula (I), Y1 and Y2 are preferably oxygen, R25 are preferably H or methyl, (n) is 1 or 2, (p) is 1 and (q) is 1.

In those aspects of this embodiment where bis-substituted polymeric residues are desired, some preferred polymeric transport systems of the invention are shown below :

where all variables are as previously defined.

B. THE PRODRUG LINKAGE 1. The Electron Withdrawing Groups X and Z Within the Formula (I), X and Z are variables which represent electron withdrawing groups. In particular, X and Z can be independently selected from moieties such as O, S, SO, SO2, C (=Y3) wherein Y3 is either O or S, and NR6 wherein R6 is one of hydrogen, ClZ alkyls, C3 2 branched alkyls, C3 s cycloalkyls, C1- substituted alkyls, C3, substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C14 heteroalkyls and substituted C1 heteroallyls, branched alkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, Cl alkyl aralkyls, heteroalkyls, substituted heteroalkyls or substituted Cl 6 alkyls such as carboxyalkyls, aminoalkyls, dialkylaminos, hydroxyalkyls or mercaptoalkyls, to name but a few. Preferably, X is either O or NR6 and Rs is preferably H. In preferred embodiments, when X is oxygen, the oxygen is provided as the terminal portion of the PEG polymer. The terminal oxygen can be substituted to provide the other X moieties described herein using techniques apparent to those of ordinary skill without undue experimentation.

2. Q Portion of the Linker When M is Q, the polymer, R,, is preferably attached to Q via a heteroatom such as oxygen. Q is a moiety containing a free electron pair positioned three to six atoms from the C (=Y2) moiety. In a preferred embodiment, the free electron pair is five atoms from the C (=Y2). Q can be selected from the non-limiting list of

cycloalkyls, aryls, aralkyl groups substituted with O, S or NR9, where P,, is one of hydrogen, C1-6 alkyls, C3-12 branched alkyls, C3-, cycloalkyls, C,-6 substituted alkyls, C3-8 substituted cycloalkyls, aryls, substituted aryls, aralkyls, C1-6 heteroalkyls and substituted C1-6 heteroalkyls; -CH2-C(=O)-NH-, and ortho-substituted phenyls such as Preferably, Rg is H, a Cl-,, alkyl or substituted C, 6 alkyl. The free electron pair can be anywhere along the Q moiety as long as the defined spacing between the free electron pair and the oxygen is maintained. In these embodiments, R, is attached to Q via NR9, O, or S. Thus, Q assists hydrolysis of the prodrug linkage by anchimeric assistance because the free electron pair moiety can generate a three-to six- membered, but preferably five-membered, ring by-product upon hydrolysis of the preferably ester linkage.

3. Drug Generation Via Hydrolysis of the Prodrug The prodrug compounds of the present invention are designed so that the tl, 2 of hydrolysis is < t"2 elimination in plasma.

The linkages included in the compounds have hydrolysis rates in the plasma of the mammal being treated which is short enough to allow sufficient amounts of the parent compounds, i. e. the amino-or hydroxyl-containing bioactive compound, to be released prior to elimination. Some preferred compounds of the present invention, i. e. those in which (rr) is 1, have a t1/2 for hydrolysis in plasma ranging from about 5 minutes to about 12 hours. Preferably, the compositions have a plasma t"2 hydrolysis ranging from about 0. 5 to about 8 hours and most preferably from about I to about 6 hours.

C. SUBSTANTIALLY NON-ANTIGENIC POLYMERS As stated above, R, is a polymeric residue which is preferably substantially non-antigenic. In preferred aspects of the invention, R, further includes a capping group A which can be hydrogen, CO2H, C, 6 alkyl moieties, carboxyalkyl, dialkyl acyl urea alkyls, or a compound of formula (V) shown below which forms a bis-

system : wherein all variables are the same as defined above.

Suitable examples of such polymers include polyalkylene oxides such as polyethylene glycols. The general formula for PEG and its derivatives, i. e.

A,'-O- (CH2CH20) ,- (CHZ)" ;-A2 where (x) represents the degree of polymerization (i. e. from about 10 to about 2, 300) or number of repeating units in the polymer chain and is dependent on the molecular weight of the polymer, (n3) is zero or a positive integer, (A2) is a capping group as defined herein, i. e. an, amino, carboxy, halo, C,. 6 alkyl or other activating group and (A'2) is the same as (A2) or another (A2) moiety. Also useful are polypropylene glycols, branched PEG derivatives such as those described in commonly-assigned U. S. Patent No. 5, 643, 575,"star-PEG's"and multi-armed PEG's such as those described in Shearwater Polymers, Inc. catalog"Polyethylene Glycol Derivatives 1997-1998". The disclosure of each of the foregoing is incorporated herein by reference. It will be understood that the water-soluble polymer can be functionalized for attachment to the linkage via M, X or Q herein.

As an example, the PEG portion of the inventive compositions can be one of the following non-limiting compounds : -C(=Y)-(CH2)n3-O-(CH2CH2O)x-A2, -C(=Y)-Y-(CH2)n3-O-(CH2CH2O)x-A2, and-C (=Y)-NR,- (CH,)",;-O- (CH2CH2O) ,-A2, where Y is O or S and A2, R6, (n3) and (x) are as defined above.

In many aspects of the present invention, bis-activated polyethylene glycols are preferred when di-substituted polymer conjugates are desired. Alternatively,

polyethylene glycols (PEG's), mono-activated, Cl alkyl-terminated PAO's such as mono-methyl-terminated polyethylene glycols (mPEG's) are preferred when mono- substituted polymers are desired.

In order to provide the desired hydrolyzable linkage, mono-or di-acid activated polymers such as PEG acids or PEG diacids can be used as well as mono- or di-PEG amines and mono-or di-PEG diols. Suitable PAO acids can be synthesized by first converting mPEG-OH to an ethyl ester followed by saponification. See also Gehrhardt, H., et al. Polymer Bulletin 18 : 487 (1987) and Veronese, F. M., et al., J. Controlled Release 10 ; 145 (1989). Alternatively, the PAO-acid can be synthesized by converting mPEG-OH into a t-butyl ester followed by acid cleavage. See, for example, commonly assigned U. S. Patent No.

5, 605, 976. The disclosures of each of the foregoing are incorporated by reference herein.

Although PAO's and PEG's can vary substantially in number average molecular weight, polymers ranging from about 2, 000 to about 100, 000 are usually selected for the purposes of the present invention. Molecular weights of from about 5, 000 to about 50, 000 are preferred and 20, 000 to about 40, 000 are particularly preferred. The number average molecular weight of the polymer selected for inclusion in the prodrug must be sufficient so as to provide sufficient circulation of the prodrug before hydrolysis of the linker. Within the ranges provided above, polymers having molecular weight ranges of at least 20, 000 are preferred for chemotherapeutic and organic moieties. In the case of some nucleophiles such as certain proteins, enzymes and the like, the number average molecular weight of the polymeric residue can range from about 2, 000 to about 20, 000.

The polymeric substances included herein are preferably water-soluble at room temperature. A non-limiting list of such polymers include polyalkylene oxide homopolymers such as polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polypropylene glycols, polyoxyethylenated polyols, copolymers thereof and block copolymers thereof, provided that the water solubility of the block copolymers is maintained.

As an alternative to PAO-based polymers, effectively non-antigenic materials such as dextran, polyvinyl alcohols, carbohydrate-based polymers,

hydroxypropylmethacrylamide (HPMA), and copolymers thereof etc. and the like can be used if the same type of activation is employed as described herein for PAO's such as PEG. Those of ordinary skill in the art will realize that the foregoing list is merely illustrative and that all polymeric materials having the qualities described herein are contemplated. For purposes of the present invention,"effectively non- antigenic"and"substantially non-antigenic"shall be understood to include all polymeric materials understood in the art as being substantially non-toxic and not eliciting an appreciable immune response in mammals.

It will be clear from the foregoing that other polyalkylene oxide derivatives of the foregoing, such as the polypropylene glycol acids, etc., as well as other bi- functional linking groups are also contemplated.

D. PRODRUG CANDIDATES I. Residues ofHydroxyi-containingCompounds a. Camptothecin and Related Topoisomerase I Inhibitors Camptothecin is a water-insoluble cytotoxic alkaloid produced by Camptolheca acccnmiuala trees indigenous to China and rmthapodyles, foetida trees indigenous to India. Camptothecin and related compounds and analogs are also known to be potential anticancer or antitumor agents and have been shown to exhibit these activities in vitro and in vivo. Camptothecin and related compounds are also candidates for conversion to the prodrugs of the present invention.

Camptothecin and certain related analogues share the structure : From this core structure, several known analogs have been prepared. For example, the A ring in either or both of the 10-and 11-positions can be substituted with an OH. The A ring can also be substituted in the 9-position with a straight or

branched C, 3"alkyl or C,, 7 alkoxy, optionally linked to the ring by a heteroatom i. e.- 0 or S. The B ring can be substituted in the 7-position with a straight or branched C, 30 alkyl or substituted alkyl-, C58 cycloakyl, C, 30 alkoxy, phenyl alkyl, etc., alkyl carbamate, alkyl carbazides, plienyl hydrazine derivatives, amino-, aminoalkyl-, aralkyl, etc. Other substitutions are possible in the C, D and E rings.

See, for example, U. S. Patent Nos. 5, 004, 758 ; 4, 943, 579 ; Re 32, 518, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference. Such derivatives can be made using known synthetic techniques without undue experimentation. Preferred camptothecin derivatives for use herein include those which include a 20-OH or another OH moiety which is capable of reacting directly with activated forms of the polymer transport systems described herein or to the linking moiety intermediates, e. g. iminodiacetic acid, etc., which are then attached to a polymer such as PEG.

Reference to camptothecin analogs herein has been made for purposes of illustration and not limitation. b. Taxanes and Paclitaxel Derivatives One class of compounds included in the prodrug compositions of the present invention is taxanes. For purposes of the present invention, the term "taxane"includes all compounds within the taxane family of terpenes. Thus, taxol (paclitaxel), 3'-substituted tert-butoxy-carbonyl-amine derivatives (taxoteres) and the like as well as other analogs which are readily synthesized using standard organic techniques or are available from commercial sources such as Sigma Chemical of St. Louis, Missouri are within the scope of the present invention.

Representative taxanes are shown below.

Paclitaxel : R1'= C6H5-, R2'= CH3C (=O) Taxotere : Ri'= (CH3) 3C (=O)-, R2'= H

These derivatives have been found to be effective anti-cancer agents.

Numerous studies indicate that the agents have activity against several malignancies. To date, their use has been severely limited by, among other things, their short supply, poor water solubility and a tendency to cause hypersensitivity. It is to be understood that other taxanes including the 7-aryl-carbamates and 7- carbazates disclosed in commonly assigned U. S. Patent Nos. 5, 622, 986 and 5, 547, 981 can also be included in the prodrugs of the present invention. The contents of the foregoing U. S. patents are incorporated herein by reference. The only limitation on the taxane is that it must be capable of undergoing a hydroxyl based substitution reaction such as at the 2'position. Paclitaxel, however, is a preferred taxane. c. Additional Biologically-Active Moieties In addition to the foregoing molecules, the prodrug formulations of the present invention can be prepared using many other compounds. For example, biologically-active compounds such as bis-PEG conjugates derived from compounds such as gemcitabine : podophyllotoxin : triazole-based antifungal agents such as fluconazole : or ciclopirox :

or Ara-C :

The parent compounds selected for prodrug forms need not be substantially water-insoluble, although the polymer-based prodrugs of the present invention are especially well suited for delivering such water-insoluble compounds. Other useful parent compounds include, for example, certain low molecular weight biologically active proteins, enzymes and peptides, including peptido glycans, as well as other anti-tumor agents ; cardiovascular agents such as forskolin ; anti-neoplastics such as combretastatin, vinblastine, doxorubicin, maytansine, etc. ; anti-infectives such as vancomycin, erythromycin, etc. ; anti-fungals such as nystatin, amphotericin B, triazoles, papulocandins, pneumocandins, echinocandins, polyoxins, nikkomycins, pradimicins, benanomicins, etc. see,"Antibiotics That Inhibit Fungal Cell Wall Development"Annu. Rev. Microbiol. 1994, 48 : 471-97, the contents of which are

incorporated herein by reference ; anti-anxiety agents, gastrointestinal agents, central nervous system-activating agents, analgesics, fertility or contraceptive agents, anti- inflammatory agents, steroidal agents, anti-urecemic agents, cardiovascular agents, vasodilating agents, vasoconstricting agents and the like.

The foregoing is illustrative of the biologically active moieties which are suitable for the prodrugs of the present invention. It is to be understood that those biologically active materials not specifically mentioned but having suitable ester- forming groups, i. e. hydroxyl moieties, are also intended and are within the scope of the present invention. It is also to be understood that the prodrug conjugates of the present invention may also include minor amounts of compounds containing not only one equivalent of drug and polymer but also a moiety which does not effect bioactivity in vivo. For example, it has been found that in some instances, in spite of reacting diacids with drug molecules having a single linkage point, the reaction conditions do not provide quantitative amounts of prodrugs with two equivalents of drug per polymer. By-products of the reactants can sometimes be formel such as acyl ureas if carbodiimides are used.

2. Residues of Amine-containing Compound In some aspects of the invention, B is a residue of an amine-containing compound, a non-limiting list of such suitable compounds include residues of organic compounds, enzymes, proteins, polypeptides, etc. Organic compounds include, without limitation, moieties such as anthracycline compounds including daunorubicin, doxolilbicin ; Iv-aminoaniline mustard, melphalan, Ara-C (cytosine arabinoside) and related anti-metabolite compounds, e. g., gemcitabine, etc.

Alternatively, B can be a residue of an amine-containing cardiovascular agent, anti- neoplastic, anti-infective, anti-funga) such as nystatin and amphotericin B, anti- anxiety agent, gastrointestinal agent, central nervous system-activating agent, analgesic, fertility agent, contraceptive agent, anti-inflammatory agent, steroidal agent, anti-urecemic agent, vasodilating agent, vasoconstricting agent, etc.

In a preferred aspect of the invention, the amino-containing compound is a biologically active compound that is suitable for medicinal or diagnostic use in the treatment of animals, e. g., mammals, including humans, for conditions for which

such treatment is desired. The foregoing list is meant to be illustrative and not limiting for the compounds which can be modified. Those of ordinary skill will realize that other such compounds can be similarly modified without undue experimentation. It is to be understood that those biologically active materials not specifically mentioned but having suitable amino-groups are also intended and are within the scope of the present invention.

The only limitations on the types of amino-containing molecules suitable for inclusion herein is that there is available at least one (primary or secondary) amine- containing position which can react and link with a carrier portion and that there is not substantial loss of bioactivity after the prodrug system releases and regenerates the parent compound.

It is noted that parent compounds suitable for incorporation into the prodrug compositions of the invention, may themselves be substances/compounds which are not active after hydrolytic release from the linked composition, but which will become active after undergoing a further chemical process/reaction. For example, an anticancer drug that is delivered to the bloodstream by the double prodrug transport system, may remain inactive until entering a cancer or tumor cell, whereupon it is activated by the cancer or tumor cell chemistry, e. g., by an enzymatic reaction unique to that cell.

E. SYNTHESIS OF THE POLYMERIC PRODRUG TRANSPORT SYSTEM The prodrugs of the present invention can be prepared in at least two general fashions. In the first method, schematically illustrated in Figures 1 a (symmetrical branches) and Ih (asymmetrical branches), the polymer residue is attached to the branching groups and thereafter the biologically active moiety or drug, e. g. Drug-OH or Dmg-NH2 is attached to the polymeric terminal branches.

In the second method, the biologically active moiety or drug, e. g. Drug-OH or Drug-NH2 is attached to the branching groups and thereafter, the resultant intermediate is attached to the polymeric residue. Figures I a and 2a schematically illustrate methods in which symmetrical branches are used. Methods in which asymmetrical branches are used are illustrated in Figures lb and 2b.

1. First Method According to a first method, the branched amine-containing group is provided in a protected form (IX) : (IX) wherein E, and J are as defined above and B3 is a cleavable or reversible protecting group. An example of a compound of formula (IX) is tBoc aspartic acid. Suitable protecting groups useful for this purpose may be any of a variety of organic moieties known to those of ordinary skill in the art and include, without limitation, t-Boc (le/t-butyloxycarbonyl), Cbz (carbobenzyloxy) and TROC (trichloroethoxycarbonyl). In Figure la, compound (lXa) shows where B4 is OH and all other variables are as defined above.

The protecting group is removed by treatment of (IXa) with a strong acid such as trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) or other haloacetic acid, HCI, sulfuric acid, etc., or by using catalytic hydrogenation. The resulting unprotected amine terminal group (IXbl) is then reacted with an activated polymer of Formula (X) : wherein M, (q) and Rl 3 are as defined above, Y2 is O or S and B2 is a leaving group which is capable of reacting with an unprotected amine, such as an activated carbonate moiety like p-nitrophenyl or succinimidyl carbonate ; a thiazolidine thione or other art recognized activating group to form (IXc). In the final synthesis step, a

biologically active moiety having an available OH or NH2 group is reacted with (IXc) to form the polymeric transport form (IXd).

Attachment of the B moiety, e. g. Drug-OH or Drug-NH2 is preferably carried out in the presence of a coupling agent. A non-limiting list of suitable coupling agents include 1, 3-diisopropylcarbodiimide (DIPC), any suitable dialkyl carbodiimides, 2-halo-1-alkyl-pyridinium halides, (Mukaiyama reagents), 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethyl carbodiimide (EDC), propane phosphonic acid cyclic anhydride (PPACA) and phenyl dichlorophosphates, etc. which are available, for example from commercial sources such as Sigma-Aldrich Chemical, or synthesized using known techniques.

Figure lb shows a similar reaction scheme except that asymmetric branches are used, i. e. J is the same as in Figure la and E4 is where at least one of (m2), (n2) and (p2) is not the same as (ml), (nl) and (pl), respectively. While not illustrated in Figures la and lb, the reaction scheme for attaching biologically active moieties having an available NH2 group such as a protein or enzyme proceeds in a similar manner. All variables shown in the schematics of Figures la and lb are the same as that previously defined herein.

Preferably the substituents are reacted in an inert solvent such as methylene chloride, chloroform, toluene, DMF or mixtures thereof. The reaction also preferably is conducted in the presence of a base, such as dimethylaminopyridine, diisopropylethylamine, pyridine, triethylamine, etc. to neutralize any acids generated and at a temperature from 0°C up to about 22°C (room temperature).

2. Second Method Turning now to the second method illustrated in Figures 2a and 2b, an alternative synthetic technique is shown using the same moieties for J and B4 as that which was used in the first method. In this embodiment, the protected intermediate (IX) is reacted with a B moiety, e. g. Drug-OH as shown or Drug-NH2, prior to being deprotected. This results in the formation of a linkable ester-containing

moiety (XI) which is then subjected to deprotecting to give (XIa) and polymer conjugating steps described above in the first method A to form the polymer transport form (IXd). Figure 2a shows the formation of symmetrical terminally branched conjugates while Figure 2b shows the formation of asymmetrical terminally branched conjugates. Amine-containing prodrugs can be made in the same way.

Regardless of the synthesis selected, some of the preferred compounds which result from the synthesis techniques described herein include : where all variables are as previously defined. In addition, some compounds prepared in accordance with preferred embodiments of the invention include : 0 DrUg-02C-*-\ 0/'CO Drug Nez Dug-OZC COz-Drug O O Drug-02C/x O \COrDrug o XO e Drug-02C/X x \C02-Drug 0 Drug-OyC H COrDrug Drug-0, C 9 r H COrDrug 9 z Dmg-OZC p O p COy-Dug ) -°-orY"\ Drug-02C 0 O x O COrDrug O O p O Drug-OC o . O-/COrDrug Drug-OZC/'MHl v rx HNCO-oru i 9 Drug-02C 0 H x o C02-Orug 0 0 N 0 o..-. co, o.. Drug-02C- (CH2) pl 0 (CH2) pl-CO2-Drug -02C- (CH, H 0 , 0 1-Y (CH2) pl-CO2-Drug Drug-02C-(cH2) p1 H x O (CH2) p1-CO2-Drug Drug-OZC' Drug-02C, _/ x AN/-COIC)"g Drug-OyC/f' x R prDrug O Drug-0 C02-Drug /Pt O pt Drug-02C-40 H p Ok C02-Drug Drug-OzC' p o p''1 CO-Drug Drug-02C CO2-Drug Drus-02 r o CO.-Drug N O O'X II \ O -N Y__ p (N JCOZ-Drug O O o o II O 11 0 0 OnW-r'H-I x o C'NH-Ou9 O 0 0 Drug-NH-C C-NH-Dru9 0 0 Drug-NH-0X/X x \oC-NH-O~g 11 11 o On. g C NU Drug-NH-CI H C NHDrug O N Drug-NH-js/H O \-NH O (ug 101 O 10 0 0 II 11 Drug-NH-C o t Xw° C-NH-Drug /N O t OJx N Dmg-NH-C"'0 OC-NH-Orug 00 ° 0 0 O O Onp-NH. C O''OIf Dnt9-H : /''Ht H"q \ I I \uo C N*Dnjg n 11 0 Drug-HN-CO- (CH2) pl 0 (CH2) p,-CO-NH-Drug Drug-HN-CO-(CH2) p1 ohf < (CH2) p1-CO-NH-Drug Drug-HN-CO- (CH2) pl 0 (CH2) p,-CO-NH-Drug 0 0 IC-NH-Drug ZON Drugw c O) NJ4° {~ XN_X° C NH Drug 0 ! ! j} 0 0 0 0 0 R 0 H 0 11 N_, C-NH-Dru Drug-NH-C N NNC _NH-Dug 0 0 11 O O O Drug-NH-CI C-NH-Drug O O. C-NH-Drug /\ Dru-NH-/ - D, ug.. H-.,. ?,, H/TL N (O) C-NH-Drug H x O/\ Dru"H. C (/-10 0 Drug-NH-0 0 0-C-NH-Drug O o'1 o N II u l 0 C-NH-Drug Orug-NH-C N ( 'C (O)-NH-0rug Dnp. NHC (O)

wherein (x) represents the degree of polymerization and"Drug"represents a residue of a hydroxyl-or amine-containing biologically active compound which has undergone a substitution reaction which results in the attachment of the biologically active moiety to the branched polymer.

G METHODS OF TREATMENT Another aspect of the present invention provides methods of treatment for various medical conditions in mammals. The methods include administering to the mammal in need of such treatment, an effective amount of a prodrug, such as a camptothecin-20-PEG ester, which has been prepared as described herein. The compositions are useful for, among other things, treating neoplastic disease, reducing tumor burden, preventing metastasis of neoplasms and preventing recurrences of tumor/neoplastic growths in mammals.

The amount of the prodrug administered will depend upon the parent molecule included therein. Generally, the amount of prodrug used in the treatment methods is that amount which effectively achieves the desired therapeutic result in mammals. Naturally, the dosages of the various prodrug compounds will vary somewhat depending upon the parent compound, rate of in vivo hydrolysis,

molecular weight of the polymer, etc. In general, however, prodrug taxanes are administered in amounts ranging from about 5 to about 500 mg/m2 per day, based on the amount of the taxane moiety. Camptothecin prodrugs are also administered in amounts ranging from about 5 to about 500 mg/m2 per day. The range set forth above is illustrative and those skilled in the art will determine the optimal dosing of the prodrug selected based on clinical experience and the treatment indication.

Actual dosages will be apparent to the artisan without undue experimentation.

The prodrugs of the present invention can be included in one or more suitable pharmaceutical compositions for administration to mammals. The pharmaceutical compositions may be in the form of a solution, suspension, tablet, capsule or the like, prepared according to methods well known in the art. It is also contemplated that administration of such compositions may be by the oral and/or parenteral routes depending upon the needs of the artisan. A solution and/or suspension of the composition may be utilized, for example, as a carrier vehicle for injection or infiltration of the composition by any art known methods, e. g., by intravenous, intramuscular, subdermal injection and the like.

Such administration may also be by infusion into a body space or cavity, as well as by inhalation and/or intranasal routes. In preferred aspects of the invention, however, the prodrugs are parenterally administered to mammals in need thereof.

H. EXAMPLES The following examples serve to provide further appreciation of the invention but are not meant in any way to restrict the effective scope of the invention. The underlined and bold-faced numbers recited in the Examples correspond to those shown in the Figures.

Example 1 Compound 2 : N-l-Boc-iminodiacetic Acid A mixture of iminodiacetic acid (1, 2 g, 15. 03 mmol), di-/-butyl dicarbonate (3. 9 g, 18. 0 mmol), and sodium hydroxide (0. 721 g, 18. 0 mmol) in water (50 mL) was stirred at room temperature for 18 hours. The reaction solution was washed with 20 mL of methylene chloride (CH2C12) followed by adjusting pH to 2. 5 with

6 N HCI. The resulting mixture was extracted with ethyl acetate (2 x 300 mL) and the combined organic layer was dried over anhydrous magnesium sulfate (MgSO4).

The solvent was removed in vacuo to give 1. 0 g (29%) of 2.

'H NMR (270 MHz, DMSO-26) õ 1. 36 (s, 9H), 3. 88 (s, 2H), 3. 92 (s, 2H), 13. 69 (bs, 2H)."C NMR (67. 80 MHz, DMSO-d6) 8 27. 84, 49. 12, 49. 64, 79. 59, 154. 79, 171. 20.

Example 2 Compound 4 Coupling of 2 with Camptothecin (3) A mixture of 2 (200 mg, 0. 86 mmol) and camptothecin (3, 777 mg, 2. 2 mmol) in anhydrous CH2C', (50 mL) was cooled in an ice bath for 30 minutes before adding 1, 3-diisopropylcarbodiimide (DIPC, 324 mg, 2. 4 mmol) and 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP, 272 mg, 2. 2 mmol). The reaction mixture was left in the ice bath overnight and was allowed to warm to room temperature slowly.

The solution was filtered and washed with water (20 mL) and IN HCI (20 mL).

The organic layer was dried over anhydrous MgSO4 and concentrated. The residue was purified by silica gel column chromatography (2. 5% methanol in CH2Cl2) to give 432 mg (56%) of 4.

'H NMR (270 MHz, CDCI3) 5 1. 00 (t, 6H, J= 8. 1 Hz), 1. 20 (s, 3H), 1. 22 (s, 3H), 1. 38 (s, 3H), 1, 44 (s, 3H), 2. 17 (m, 4H), 4. 01-4. 36 (m, 4H), 5. 26 (d, 2H, J = 13. 5 Hz), 5. 38 (d, 2H,. 1= 10. 1 Hz), 5. 41 (d, 2H, J = 5. 4 Hz), 5. 24 (d, 2H, J = 8. 1 Hz), 7. 25 (d, 2H, J = 13. 5 Hz), 7. 37 (s, 2H), 7. 62 (t, 2H, J = 8. 1 Hz), 7. 79 (q, 2H, J = 8. 1 Hz), 7. 90 (m, 2H), 8. 19 (m, 2H), 8. 35 (d, 2H, J = 10. 8 Hz).

13C NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDC) 8 7. 59, 22. 20, 23. 37, 25. 35, 28. 07, 31. 57, 31. 75, 49. 37, 49. 56, 49. 97, 64. 38, 66. 94, 74. 94, 76. 76, 76. 79, 78. 82, 81. 74, 95. 83, 96. 69, 119. 75, 120. 12, 127. 86, 128. 04, 128. 15, 128. 36, 129. 59, 130. 40, 130. 60, 130. 87, 131. 10, 145. 65, 145. 84, 146. 31, 146. 40, 148. 86, 152. 14, 152. 30, 154. 81, 157. 34, 166. 83, 167. 25, 168. 78, 169. 07.

Example 3 Compound 5 : Deprotection of 4 A solution of 4 (300 mg, 0. 34 mmol) in anhydrous CH2CI2 (5 mL) and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA, 2. 5 mL) was stirred at room temperature for 3 hours.

The reaction mixture was concentrated and the solid was recrystallized from ethyl ether to give 258 mg (78%) of 5 as a TFA salt.

'H NMR (270 MHz, DMSO-d6) 8 0. 92 (t, 6H, J= 8. 1 Hz), 2. 16 (q, 4H, J= 8. 1 Hz), 4. 19 (d, 2H, J = 16. 2 Hz), 4. 36 (d, 2H, J = 16. 2 Hz), 5. 26 (s, 4H), 5. 54 (s, 4H), 7. 22 (s, 2H), 7. 71 (t, 2H, J = 8. 1 Hz), 7. 84 (t, 2H, J = 8. 1 Hz), 8. 10 (s, 2H), 8. 13 (s, 2H), 8. 67 (s, 2H)."C NMR (67. 80 MHz, DMSO-d6) 8 7. 47, 30. 08, 38. 58, 38. 88, 39. 19, 39. 50, 39. 81, 40. 12, 40. 42, 46. 81, 50. 19, 66. 32, 77. 37, 95. 13, 118. 79, 127. 71, 127. 92, 128. 54, 128. 68, 129. 69, 130. 45, 131. 62, 144. 65, 146. 03, 147. 80, 152. 21, 156. 41, 166. 76.

Example 4 Compound 7 ; Pegytation of 5 PEG (40 kDa) dicarboxylic acid (6, 2. 0 g, 0. 05 mmol) was azeotroped for 2 hours in toluene, followed by removal of the solvent in vacuo. Anhydrous CH2Cl2 (20 mL) was added to the residue followed by the addition of 5 (0. 16 g, 0. 20 mmol), DIPC (25 mg, 0. 20 mmol), and DMAP (25 mg, 0. 20 mmol). The reaction mixture was stirred at room temperature overnight followed by removal of the solvent in vacuo. The residue was recrystallized from 2-propanol to yield 0. 8 g (69%) of 7 as a white solid.

"C NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDCI,) 8 7. 25, 31. 43, 49. 35, 49. 64, 66. 80, 68. 66- 71. 16 (PEG), 76. 06, 95. 57, 119. 96, 127. 71, 127. 89, 128. 13, 129. 38, 130. 34, 130. 89, 145. 11, 146. 09, 148. 54, 151. 93, 156. 94, 166. 89, 170. 58.

Example 5 Compound 9 : Coupling of I with PEG (40 kDa) Dithiazolidine Thione (8) PEG (40 kDa) dithiazolidine thione (8, I g, 0. 025 mmol) is added to the mixture of 1 (14 mg, 0.11 mmol) and N, N-diisopropylethylamine (DIPEA, 37 uL, 0. 20 mmol) in anhydrous CH2Cl2 (15 mL). The mixture is stirred at room temperature overnight. The solvent is removed under reduced pressure and the residue is recrystallized from 2-propanol to give 9.

Example 6 Compound 7 from Compound 9 DTPC (13 mg, 0. 10 mmol) is added to the mixture of 9 (1. 0 g, 0. 025 mmol),

DMAP (13 mg, 0. 10 mmol), and 3 (35 mg, 0. 1 mmol) in anhydrous CH2C12 (20 mL). The solution is stirred at room temperature overnight followed by removal of the solvent in vacuo. The residue is recrystallized from 2-propanol (80 mL) to give 7.

Example 7 Compound 11 : N-t-Boc-diethanolamine A solution of di-t-butyl dicarbonate (26. 46 g, 0. 12 mol) in chloroform (50 mL) was added to the solution of diethanolamine (10, 12. 63 g, 0. 12 mol) in chloroform (50 mL) slowly at room temperature. The reaction solution was stirred at room temperature for 1 hour, followed by washing with water (30 mL) and the organic layer was dried over anhydrous MgSO4. The solvent was removed under reduced pressure to give 11 (20 g, 83%).

'H NMR (270 MHz, CDCI,) 8 1. 46 (s, 9H), 3. 41 (bs, 4H), 3. 76 (bs, 4H), 4. 69 (bs, 2H)."C NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDCl3) 6 28. 30, 52. 22, 61. 63, 80. 13, 156. 22.

Example 8 Compound 12 Compound 11 (9. 5 g, 46. 34 mmol) was dissolved in anhydrous toluene (200 mL) by warming and the solution cooled to-20 °C followed by the addition of potassium t-butoxide (1M solution in t-butanol, 70 mL, 70 mmol). The mixture was stirred at-20"C for 5 hours and then cooled to-30 °C. Ethyl bromoacetate (30. 96 g, 185. 35 mmol) was added to the solution and the reaction mixture was stirred at-1 S °C for 3 hours. The solution was washed with water (50 mL) and the organic layer was dried over anhydrous MgSO4. The solvent was removed in vaccin to give a crude product which was purified by silica gel column chromatography (ethyl acetate/hexane = 1 : 1, v/v) to give 8. 2 g (48%) of 12.

'H NMR (270 MHz, CECI,) 8 1. 28 (t, 6H, J = 5. 4 Hz), 1. 45 (s, 9H), 3. 51 (bs, 4H), 3. 67 (bs, 4H), 4. 08 (s, 4H), 4. 21 (q, 4H, J = 5, 4 Hz)."C NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDC) J6 ! 3. 95, 28. 15, 47. 61, 60. 49, 68. 16, 69. 96, 79. 42, 155. 14, 170. 02.

Example 9 Compound 13 A solution of NaOH (10 g, 250 mmol) in water (10 mL) and ethanol (100 mL) was added to a solution of 12 (8. 0 g, 21. 22 mmol) in ethanol (80 mL). The reaction solution was stirred at room temperature for 1. 5 hours and cooled to 0 °C.

The pH was adjusted to 2. 5 with 6N HCI. The mixture was filtered and the filtrate was concentrated in vacuo. Chloroform (300 mL) was added to the residue and washed with water (3 x 50 mL). The organic layer was dried over anhydrous MgSO4 and concentrated under reduced pressure to give 5. 0 g (73%) of 13.

'H NMR (270 MHz, CDCl3) õ I. 45 (s, 9H), 3. 51 (bs, 4H), 3. 71 (bs, 4H), 4. 13 (s, 4H), 9. 35 (bs, 2H)."C NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDC1,) 8 28. 35, 48. 13, 67. 97, 70. 24, 80. 54, 155. 93, 173. 95.

Example 10 Compound 14 : Coupling of 13 with 3 A mixture of 13 (2 g, 6. 23 mmol), 3 (5. 643 g, 16. 20 mmol), DMAP (1. 979 g, 16. 20 mmol), and DIPC (2. 041 g, 16. 20 mmol) in anhydrous CH, CI, (50 mL) was stirred at room temperature for 20 hours. The reaction mixture was filtered and the filtrate washed with water (30 mL) and dried over anhydrous MgSO4. The solution was concentrated to give crude product which was purified by silica gel column chromatography (2. 5 % methanol in CH2CI2) to give 14 as a light yellow solid (2. 45 g, 40%).

'H NMR (270 MHz, CDCl3) # 0. 96 (t, 6H,./= 8. 1 Hz), 1. 38 (s, 9H), 2. 20 (qd, 4H, J= 13. 5, 8. 1 Hz), 3. 47 (bs, 4H), 3. 63 (bs, 4H), 4. 25 (s, 4H), 5. 24 (s, 4H), 5. 39 (d, 2H,. 1= 13. 5 Hz), 5. 66 (d, 2H,. l = 13. 5 Hz), 7. 19 (s, 2H), 7. 65 (t, 2H, J= 6. 8 Hz), 7. 80 (t, 2H,. J = 6. 8 Hz), 7. 93 (d, 2H, J = 8. 1 Hz), 8. 2 (d, 2H, J = 8. 1 Hz), 8. 36 (s, 2H)."C NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDC) 8 7. 46, 28. 27, 31. 70, 47. 53, 47. 74, 49. 83, 67. 06, 67. 84, 70. 37, 76. 22, 79. 68, 95. 76, 120. 19, 127. 92, 128. 07, 128. 36, 129. 53, 130. 55, 131. 07, 145. 29, 146. 30, 148. 71, 152. 15, 155. 25, 157. 18, 167. 09, 169. 36.

Example 1 1 Compound 15 : Deprotection of 14 Compound 14 (0. 74 g, 0. 75 mmol) was dissolved in CH2Cl2 (10 mL) and TFA (5 mL). The reaction solution was stirred at room temperature for 2 hours and concentrated under reduced pressure. The residue was recrystallized from CH2CI2-ethyl ether to give 0. 6 g (100%) of 15 as a TFA salt.

'HNMR (270MHz, CDCI3) 60. 9, 2. 1, 3. 3, 3. 9, 4. 4, 5. 2, 5. 4, 5. 6, 7. 2, 7. 6, 7. 8, 7. 9, 8. 1, 8. 4."C NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDCI,) 8 7. 17, 31. 20, 46. 85, 49. 77, 53. 40, 66. 43, 67. 61, 76. 79, 95. 46, 119.51, 127. 70, 127. 94, 128. 43, 129. 04, 130. 36, 131. 05, 145. 00, 146. 23, 148. 29, 151. 86, 156. 87, 166. 85, 169. 49.

Example 12 Compound 16: Coupling of 15 with Di-SC-PEG (40 kDa) A mixture of 15 (79, 8 mg, 0, 09 mmol), di-SC-PEG (40 kDa, 1. 0 g, 0. 025 mmol), and DMAP (11. 1 mg, 0. 09 mmol) in anhydrous chloroform (20 mL) was stirred at room temperature overnight. The solvent was removed in vacuo and the residue was recrystallized from 2-propanol (80 mL) to give 0. 92 g (92%) of 16.

"C NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDC13) 8 7. 15, 31. 54, 47. 68, 49. 63, 64. 17, 66. 73, 67. 92, 69. 13-71. 28 (PEG), 76. 16, 95. 33, 120. 01, 127. 57, 127. 83, 127. 97, 128. 39, 129. 45, 130. 15, 130. 71, 145. 28, 146. 22, 148. 70, 152. 12, 155. 74, 156. 94, 166. 52, 168. 90.

Example 13 Compound 17 : Coupfing ofl5 with with (40 kDa) Dicarboxylic Acid (6) Compound 6 (3 g, 0. 075 mmol) was azeotroped for 2 hours in 90 mL of toluene. The solvent was removed itt iacilo and the residue was dissolved in 50 mL of anhydrous CH2C12. Compound 15 (263. 5 mg, 0. 3 mmol), DMAP (45. 7 mg, 0. 38 mmol), and DIPC (37. 7 mg, 0. 30 mmol) were added to the solution and the reaction mixture was stirred at room temperature overnight. The reaction solution was diluted with 100 mL of CH2CI2 and washed with 1N HCl (2 x 20 mL) and water (20 mL). The organic layer was dried over anhydrous MgSO4 and the solvent was removed under reduced pressure. The residue was recrystallized from 2-propanol (100 mL) to give 2. 44 g (80%) of 17.

'H NMR (270 MHz, CDCl3) 8 1. 01, 2. 2, 2. 9, 3. 2-3. 9 (PEG), 4. 2, 5. 2, 5. 3, 5. 7, 7. 15, 7. 65, 7. 8, 7. 95, 8. 2, 8. 5. NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDC13) 6 6. 91, 31. 01, 45. 05, 47. 50, 49. 33, 66. 36, 67. 21, 67. 30-71. 16 (PEG), 75. 62, 75. 72, 77. 92, 94. 86, 119. 31, 119. 38, 127. 31, 127. 53, 127. 63, 127. 99, 128. 85, 129. 93, 130. 74, 144. 61, 145. 83, 148. 05, 151. 54, 156. 45, 166. 34, 168. 47, 168. 55, 169. 23.

Example 14 Compound 20 : Coupling of TRIS (18) with mPEG (20 kDal Thiazolidine Thione (19) mPEG (20 kDa) thiazolidine thione (19, 4 g, 0. 2 mmol) was added to a solution oftris (hydroxymethyl) aminomethane (TRIS, 18, 2. 4 g, 20 mmol) in water (60 mL). The mixture was stirred at room temperature overnight, followed by extraction with CH2Cl2 (2 x 50 mL). The combined organic layer was washed with brine (60 mL) and dried over anhydrous MgSO4. The solvent was removed under reduced pressure and the residue was recrystallized from 2-propanol to give 2. 0 g (50%) of 20.

"C NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDCl3) 8 58. 33, 60. 99, 62. 31, 69. 91-71. 28 (PEG), 170. 51.

Example 15 Compound 21 A solution of 20 (10 g, 2 mmol) in 100 mL of toluene is azeotroped for 2 hours and is cooled to 35 °C followed by the addition of 10. 5 mL (10. 5 mmol) of 1. 0 M potassium t-butoxide in 1-butanol. The mixture is stirred for I hour at 35 °C followed by the addition of 3. 9 g (20 mmol) of t-butyl bromoacetate. The reaction mixture is stirred at 40 °C overnight, filtered through celite and solvent removed in vac1a0. The residue is recrystallized from chilled CHzCl2-ethyl ether to yield ester of 20. The ester is dissolved in CH2CI2 (100 mL) and TFA (50 mL). The reaction solution is stirred at room temperature for 2 hours and concentrated under reduced pressure. The residue is recrystallized from CH2Cl2-ethyl ether to give 21.

Example 16 Compound 22 : Coup) of 3 with 21 Compound 21 (3 g, 0. 56 mmol) is azeotroped for 2 hours in 90 mL of toluene. The solvent is removed in vacuo and the residue is dissolved in 60 mL of anhydrous CH2CI2. Compound 3 (1. 17 g, 3. 4 mmol), DMAP (829. 6 mg, 6. 8 mmol), and DIPC (1. 37 g, 13. 6 mmol) are added to the solution and the reaction mixture is stirred at room temperature overnight. The reaction solution is diluted with 100 mL of CH2CI2 and washed with IN HO (2 x 20 mL) and water (20 mL).

The organic layer is dried over anhydrous MgSO4 and the solvent is removed under reduced pressure. The residue is recrystallized from 2-propanol (300 mL) to give 22.

Example 17 Compound 24 : Coupling of 3 with N-/-Boc-l-Aspartic Acid (23) DIPC (0. 72 g, 5. 8 mmol) was added to a solution of N-í-Boc-L-aspartic acid (23, 1. 34 g, 5. 8 mniol), 3 (2. 0 g, 5. 8 mmol), DMAP (0. 7 g, 5. 8 mmol), and in anhydrous CH2CI2 (25 mL) at 0 °C. The mixture was allowed to warm to room temperature overnight, followed by washing with 1% aqueous sodium bicarbonate (4 x 15 mL) and 0. 1 N HCI (2 x 15 mL). The organic layer was dried over anhydrous MgSO4. The solution was concentrated to give a crude product as a solid which was recrystallized in methanol to give 24 (2. 1 g, 40%).

"C NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDCI3) õ 7. 25, 7. 47, 27. 20, 27. 83, 28. 12, 31. 30, 31. 48, 35. 66, 49. 74, 66. 46, 66. 83, 80. 11, 96. 25, 96. 57, 119. 64, 119. 86, 127. 79, 127. 91, 128. 17, 128. 36, 129. 48, 129. 59, 130. 40, 130. 92, 145. 20, 145. 84, 146. 05, 148. 59, 151. 89, 152. 07, 155. 18, 156. 84, 156. 92, 166. 51, 167. 22, 169. 68, 169. 90.

Example 18 Compound 25 : Deprotection of 24 A solution of 24 (500 mg, 0. 56 mmol) in anhydrous CH2CI2 (5 mL) and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA, 2. 5 mL) was stirred at room temperature for I hour, followed by addition of ethyl ether (40 mL). The solid was filtered and washed with ethyl ether to give 25 (0. 4 g, 75%).

Example 19 Compound 26 : Coupling of 25 with 6 PEG (40 kDa) dicarboxylic acid (6, 1. 0 g, 0. 025 mmol) was azeotroped for 2 h in toluene, followed by removal of the solvent in vacuo. Anhydrous CH2Cl2 (20 mL) was added to the residue followed by the addition of 25 (94 mg, 0. 10 mol), DIPC (13 mg, 0. 10 mmol), and DMAP (25 mg, 0. 20 mmol). The reaction mixture was stirred at room temperature overnight followed by removal of the solvent in vac1/o. The residue was recrystallized from 2-propanol to yield 0. 81 g (81 %) of 7 as a white solid.

Example 20 Compound 28 A mixture of 6 (5 g, 0. 125 mmol), L-aspartic acid dimethylester HO (27, 98. 5 mg, 0. 50 mmol), 1-ethyl-3- (3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC, 191 mg, 1. 0 mmol), and DMAP (122 mg, 1. 0 mmol) in anhydrous CH, CI, (80 mL) was stirred at room temperature overnight. The solvent was removed and the residue was recrystallized from 2-propanol to give 4. 2 g (84%) of 28.

13C NMR (67.80 MHz, CDCl3) # 35. 08, 47. 08, 51. 00, 51. 72, 62. 00-71. 25 (PEG), 168. 87, 169. 85, 170. 01.

Example 21 Compound 29 Compound 28 (3. 8 g, 0. 094 mmol) and lithium hydroxide (24 mg, 0. 57 mmol) were stirred in water (20 mL) for 6 hours, followed by acidification with IN HCI to adjust the pH to 3. The product was extracted to CH2Cl2 and recrystallized with chilled CH2CI2-ether to give 3. 5 g (92%) of 29.

"C NMR (67. 80 MHz, Ceci3) 5 34. 96, 46. 80, 67. 64-70. 72 (PEG), 168. 74, 170. 35, 170. 61.

Example 22 Compound 31 A mixture of 29 (1. 0 g, 0. 025 mmol), paclitaxel (30, 170 mg, 0. 20 mmol), EDC (76 mg, 0. 4 mmol), and DMAP (76 mg, 0. 6 mmol) in anhydrous CH2CI2 (20 mL) was stirred at room temperature for 16 hours. The mixture was concentrated in vacuo and the residue was recrystallized from 2-propanol to give 0. 95 g (95%) of "C NMR (67. 80 MHz, CDCI3) õ 8. 92, 13. 75, 13. 95, 20. 08, 21. 34, 21. 84, 22. 12, 34. 75, 35. 43, 42. 47, 45. 33, 47. 09, 51. 49, 51. 64, 57. 59, 69. 80-71. 10 (PEG), 74. 26, 74. 70, 75. 56, 75. 80, 77. 84, 77. 97, 80. 31, 83. 58, 125. 65, 125. 82, 126. 25, 126. 74, 126. 84, 127. 78, 128. 00, 128. 18, 128. 54, 128. 75, 129. 45, 131. 15, 132. 38, 132. 54, 132. 72, 132. 84, 135. 59, 136. 27, 141. 11, 165. 79, 165. 86, 166. 49, 167. 59, 167. 69, 169. 16, 169. 26, 169. 41, 169. 93, 202. 70.

Example 23 Compound 34 A mixture of/-Boc- (3-Alanine (32, 200 mg, 1. 06 mmol), 2-mercapto- thiazolidine 33, 252 mg, 2. 12 mmol), EDC (407 mg, 2. 12 mmol), and DMAP (516 mg, 4. 23 mmol) in anhydrous CH2CI2 (10 mL) is stirred at room temperature overnight. The reaction mixture is diluted with 40 mL of CH2CI2 and washed twice with 1% NaHCO3 (25 mL) and twice with IN HCI. The organic layer is dried over anhydrous sodium sulfate and the solvent is removed in vacuo to give 34.

Example 24 Compound 36 A mixture of 34 (1. 79 g, 6. 17 mmol) and 35 (4. 5 g, 18. 5 mmol) in anhydrous pyridine (125 mL) is stirred at 40 °C overnight. The reaction mixture is concentrated in vacuo and the residue is purified by column chromatography to give 36.

Example 25 Compound 37 Compound 36 (1 g) is dissolved in TFA (10 mL) and CH2CI2 (10 mL) and the solution stirred at room temperature for 2 hours. The solvent is removed in vacuo and the product precipitated by adding anhydrous ethyl ether to give 37 as the TFA salt.

Example 26 Compound 38 A mixture of 29 (1. 0 g, 0. 025 mmol), 37 (106 mg, 0. 20 mmol), EDC (76 mg, 0. 4 mmol), and DMAP (76 mg, 0. 6 mmol) in anhydrous CH2CI2 (20 mL) is stirred at room temperature for 16 hours. The mixture is concentrated ? vcrctro and the residue recrystallized from 2-propanol to give 38.

Example 27 Compound 39 In this example, a polymeric conjugate of gemcitabine is prepared by repeating the procedures of Examples 24-26 using gemcitabine in place of Ara-C (35).

Example 28 Compound 41 PEG 40 kDa diamine hydrochloride (5 g, 0. 125 mmol) is dissolved in anhydrous dichloromethane (50 mL) and EDC (95 mg, 0. 49 mmol) and DMAP (95 mg, 0. 78 mmol) are added. The solution is stirred for 3 hours at room temperature.

The dianhydride of diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DADTPA, 134 mg, 0. 38 mmol) is added to this solution and the mixture stirred overnight at room temperature. The solvent is removed is/velczoo and the residue recrystallized from dichloromethane/ethyl ether to give 40.

A mixture of 40 91. 0 g, 0. 025 mmol), 30 (170 mg, 0. 20 mmol), and DMAP (76 mg, 0. 6 mmol) in anhydrous CH2C'2 (20 mL) is stirred at room temperature for

16 hours. The mixture is concentrated iti and the residue is recrystallized from 2-propanol to give 41.

The various publications, patents, patent applications and published applications mentioned in this application are hereby incorporated by reference herein.

While there have been described what are presently believed to be the preferred embodiments of the invention, those skilled in the art will realize that changes and modifications may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention. It is intended to claim all such changes and modifications as fall within the tale scope of the invention.