Date of Award
Life & Environmental Sciences
Vincent Palese Jr.
A chemical substance known as Actinomycin D has profound effects on living cells. Through extensive use of this chemical, biochemists have found a tool to explore the intricate secrets of the chemistry of living matter.
Actinomycin D (AMD) is a chemical substance called an antibiotic. Antibiotics are chemicals produced by living microorganisms that have the ability to inhibit growth or to destroy bacteria and other microorganisms. The actinomycins are a family of antibiotics with antitumor activity that are produced by Streptomyces antlbioticus (Abraham, 1959) and other species of Streptomyces.
Cahill, Patrick, "A Study Of The Characteristics, Actions And Mechanisms Of Actinomycin D And Its Effects On Regeneration In The Ciliate Stentor" (1972). Life and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Theses. 600.