A new series of 2-chloropheny-substituted benzofuro[3,2-b]pyridines were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for topoisomerase I and II inhibition and antiproliferative activity. Compounds 17–19, 23, 24, 26, and 27 exhibited excellent topo II inhibitory activity. A systematic structure-activity relationship study revealed the important role of chlorine substitution in the strong topoisomerase inhibitory activity.
- Antiproliferative activity
- Topoisomerase I and II inhibition