Design, Synthesis, and Preclinical Evaluation of New 5,6- (or 6,7-) Disubstituted-2-(fluorophenyl)quinolin-4-one Derivatives as Potent Antitumor Agents

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by Li Chou-Chen, Meng Tsai-Tung, Mei Hsu-Hua, Sheng Wang-Hung, Tzong Way-Der, Chi Huang-Hung, Hui Lin-Yi, Keduo Qian, Yizhou Dong, Kuo Lee-Hsiung, Li Huang-Jiau, Sheng Kuo-Chu (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, China Medical University, Academia Sinica)
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Our previous exploration of 2-phenylquinolin-4-ones (2-PQs) has led to an anticancer drug candidate 2-(2-fluorophenyl)-6,7-methylenedioxyquinolin-4-one monosodium phosphate (CHM-1−P-Na). In order to develop additional new drug candidates, novel 2-PQs were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for cytotoxic activity. Most analogues, including 1b, 2a,b, 3a,b, 4a,b, and 5a,b, exhibited significant inhibitory activity (IC50 of 0.03−8.2 μM) against all tested tumor cell lines. As one of the most potent analogue, 2-(3-fluorophenyl)-5-hydroxy-6-methoxyquinolin-4-one (3b) selectively inhibited 14 out of 60 cancer cell lines in a National Cancer Institute (NCI) evaluation. Preliminary mechanism of action study suggested that 3b had a significant effect on the tyrosine autophosphorylation of insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R). Safety pharmacology profiling of 3b showed no significant effect on normal biological functions of most enzymes tested. Furthermore, sodium 2-(3-fluorophenyl)-6-methoxy-4-oxo-1,4-dihydroquinolin-5-yl phosphate (15), the monophosphate of 3b, exceeded the activity of doxorubicin and was comparable to CHM-1−P-Na in a Hep3B xenograft nude mice model. In summary, 15 is a promising clinical candidate and is currently under preclinical study.
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