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Influence of charge transfer on the isomerisation of stilbene derivatives for application in cancer therapy

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Abstract

The photoisomerisation of non-toxic trans-combretastatin CA4 to its cytotoxic cis isomer demonstrates the high potential of this and similar compounds for localised cancer therapy. The introduction of intramolecular charge-transfer character by altering the substituents of combretastatin systems opens up possibilities to tailor these stilbene derivatives to the special demands of anticancer drugs. In this TDDFT study we explore how absorption wavelengths for both the trans and cis isomers can be red shifted to enable deeper light penetration into tissue and how the transcis and cistrans isomerisations are affected by charge transfer effects to different degrees.

Graphical abstract: Influence of charge transfer on the isomerisation of stilbene derivatives for application in cancer therapy

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The article was received on 23 Aug 2018, accepted on 17 Oct 2018 and first published on 24 Oct 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP05375H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018,20, 27778-27790
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    Influence of charge transfer on the isomerisation of stilbene derivatives for application in cancer therapy

    N. Holzmann, L. Bernasconi, R. H. Bisby and A. W. Parker, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 27778
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CP05375H

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