Synthesis and cytotoxicity of novel simplified eleutherobin analogues as potential antitumour agents†
Mixed simplified structures containing the paclitaxel and eleutherobin pharmacophore moieties were analyzed using molecular docking techniques and synthesized based on adamantane and 8-oxabicyclo[3.2.1]octane scaffolds. The crucial role of substituents’ stereochemistry in biological activity is discussed. At micromolar concentrations the selected analogues interfered with tubulin dynamics in vitro and in a living organism. Furthermore, new compounds were cytotoxic against human tumour cell lines. The simplified eleutherobin analogues may be considered as prototypes of a new class of antitumour agents.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Synthetic methodology in OBC