Molecule of the Week

Proflavine

September 6, 2005

Proflavine is a synthetic acridine dye that was used as a powerful antiseptic during World War II to dress wounds. In recent years it has been studied extensively in novel RNA-targeted antiviral drugs and as an intercalator in cancer treatments. Proflavine is also has a mutagenic effect on DNA by intercalating between nucleic acid base pairs.