A new series of 2,4-diphenyl-6-aryl pyridines containing hydroxyl group(s) at the ortho, meta, or para position of the phenyl ring were synthesized, and evaluated for topoisomerase I and II inhibitory activity and cytotoxicity against several human cancer cell lines for the development of novel anticancer agents. Structure-activity relationship study revealed that the substitution of hydroxyl group(s) increased topoisomerase I and II inhibitory activity in the order of meta > para > ortho position. Substitution of hydroxyl group on the para position showed better cytotoxicity.
- Anticancer agents
- Hydroxylated 2,4-diphenyl-6-aryl pyridines
- Topoisomerase I and II inhibitor