Influence of charge transfer on the isomerisation of stilbene derivatives for application in cancer therapy†
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 trans → cis and cis → trans isomerisations are affected by charge transfer effects to different degrees.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2018 PCCP HOT Articles