Difluoromethylornithine HCl (96020-91-6) is a selective inhibitor of ornithine decarboxylase.1 Induces apoptosis in a variety of cells.2 Difluoromethylornithine HCl displays cancer chemopreventive activity.3 Cell permeable. Active in vivo.
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