Synthesis and biological evaluation of C1-O-substituted-3-(3-butylamino-2-hydroxy-propoxy)-xanthen-9-one as topoisomerase IIα catalytic inhibitors

Seojeong Park, Eunji Hong, Soo Yeon Kwak, Kyu Yeon Jun, Eung Seok Lee, Youngjoo Kwon, Younghwa Na

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Topoisomerase II poison blocks the transitorily generated DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) from religation, thereby causes severe DNA damage and gene toxicity. While topoisomerase II catalytic inhibitor does not form cleavable DNA-enzyme complex because its function attributes to inhibition of the catalytic steps of the enzyme such as before generating DNA DSBs or in the last step of the catalytic cycle after religation. It has been reported that the stabilizing effect of etoposide on transient cleavable DNA-topoisomerase IIβ complex attributes to its secondary malignancy. Therefore, topoisomerase IIα has been considered as more attractive target than topoisomerase IIβ for the development of chemotherapeutic agents. In the previous work, we reported compounds I and II as novel topoisomerase IIα catalytic inhibitors targeting for ATP binding site of human topoisomerase IIα ATP-binding domain. As a continuous work, we have designed and synthesized 43 compounds of C1-O-alkyl and arylalkyl substitiuted compounds with or without methoxy group on ring A. In the topoisomerase IIα inhibitory test, among the tested C1-O-4-chlorophenethyl substituted compounds 37 and 47 were more active than others, and compound 37 showed strongest topoisomerase IIα inhibitory activity with 94.4% and 23.0% inhibition, respectively, at 100 and 20 μM. Compounds 37 and 47 have also showed much enhanced cytotoxic activity against T47D cells; IC50(μM): 0.63 ± 0.01 and 0.19 ± 0.02, respectively, which are stronger than reference drugs. Band depletion assay and cleavage complex assay results showed compounds 37 and 47 were potential topoisomerase IIα catalytic inhibitor with low DNA damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-225
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by grants from The Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning, Korea ( NRF-2015R1A2A2A01006513 to YNa).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS


  • Anticancer agents
  • C1-alkyl and arylalkyl substituted xanthones
  • Topoisomerase IIα catalytic inhibitor


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