Suzuki coupling based synthesis and in vitro cytotoxic evaluation of 7-heteroaryl-substituted camptothecin analogs.Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2014 Mar 15; 24(6):1597-9.BM
In an effort to discover potent antitumor agents, a series of novel C-7-heteroaryl-substituted camptothecin derivatives were designed and synthesized via microwave-promoted Suzuki coupling reaction. These analogs were then assessed for cytotoxicity against three human tumor cell lines, A549, HCT116, HT-29, and inhibitory effects on topoisomerase I. All of the new compounds showed potent inhibition of human tumor cell growth, among which compound 10a showed higher cytotoxic activity than that of SN-38. Furthermore, this series of compounds retained or enhanced Topo I inhibition.