Dr Frederik Bastiaan Pruijn

MSc, PhD


Frederik Pruijn obtained his Masters (1986) and PhD (1990) in Pharmacochemistry at the Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After a 2-year post-doc position at the Institute of Human Genetics, Free University in Amsterdam he went to New Zealand where he worked in the Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology (1992-1994). In 1994 he joined The Experimental Oncology Group. He is Owner of the LinkedIn group Hypoxia in Cancer http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1897774

Research interests

Research | Current

  • ADME of novel hypoxia-selective anti-tumour drugs, incl. bioanalysis and metabolite identification (LC-MS).
  • Tissue (tumour) transport of drugs. In particular, the role of lipophilicity (logP), measured or calculated using the training features of ACD/LogP, on drug diffusion in the extravascular tumour compartment.
  • QSAR modelling of in vitro and in vivo PK and PD.
  • New 2-nitroimidazoles for detection and imaging of hypoxic cells.

Research group

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bonnet, M., Hong, C. R., Wong, W. W., Liew, L. P., Shome, A., Wang, J., ... Anderson, R. F. (2018). Next-generation hypoxic cell radiosensitizers: Nitroimidazole alkylsulfonamides. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 61 (3), 1241-1254. 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.7b01678
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Hay, Lydia Liew, Way Wong, Bob Anderson, Stephen Jamieson, Kevin Hicks, Yongchuan Gu, Ralph Stevenson, Avik Shome
  • Gu, Y., Chang, T. T.-A., Wang, J., Jaiswal, J. K., Edwards, D., Downes, N. J., ... Hickey, A. J. (2017). Reductive metabolism influences the toxicity and pharmacokinetics of the hypoxia-targeted benzotriazine di-oxide anticancer agent sn30000 in mice. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 8, 1-16. 10.3389/fphar.2017.00531
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tony Hickey, Yongchuan Gu, Jagdish Jaiswal, Michael Hay, William Wilson, Kevin Hicks
  • Tercel, M., Lee, H. H., Mehta, S. Y., Youte Tendoung, J.-J., Bai, S. Y., Liyanage, H. D. S., & Pruijn, F. B. (2017). Influence of a Basic Side Chain on the Properties of Hypoxia-Selective Nitro Analogues of the Duocarmycins: Demonstration of Substantial Anticancer Activity in Combination with Irradiation or Chemotherapy. Journal of medicinal chemistry, 60 (13), 5834-5856. 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.7b00563
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ho Lee, Moana Tercel
  • Gu, Y., Deng, K.-C., Liyanage, S., Pruijn, F., & Wilson, W. (2016). Targeted proteomic profiling of enzymes that activate the prodrug PR-104A in human leukaemias. Paper presented at 15th Human Proteome Orgnisation World Congress, Taipei, Taiwan. 18 September - 22 September 2016. 15th Human Proteome Orgnisation World Congress Abstract Book.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yongchuan Gu, William Wilson
  • Harvey, M., Sleigh, J., Voss, L., Pruijn, F., Jose, J., Gamage, S., & Denny, W. (2015). Determination of the hypnotic potency in rats of the novel ketamine ester analogue SN 35210. Pharmacology, 96 (5-6), 226-232. 10.1159/000439598
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jiney Jose, Jamie Sleigh, Bill Denny, Swarna Gamage
  • Harvey, M., Sleigh, J., Voss, L., Jose, J., Gamage, S., Pruijn, F., ... Denny, W. (2015). Development of Rapidly Metabolized and Ultra-Short-Acting Ketamine Analogs. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 121 (4), 925-933. 10.1213/ane.0000000000000719
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26105
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jiney Jose, Swarna Gamage, Bill Denny, Jamie Sleigh
  • Tercel, M., Pruijn, F. B., O'Connor PD, Liyanage, H. D. S., Atwell, G. J., & Alix, S. M. (2014). Mechanism of action of AminoCBIs: highly reactive but highly cytotoxic analogues of the duocarmycins. Chembiochem : a European journal of chemical biology, 15 (13), 1998-2006. 10.1002/cbic.201402256
  • Tercel, M., McManaway, S. P., Liyanage, H. D. S., & Pruijn, F. B. (2014). Preparation and properties of clickable amino analogues of the duocarmycins: factors that affect the efficiency of their fluorescent labelling of DNA. ChemMedChem, 9 (9), 2193-2206. 10.1002/cmdc.201402169


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