Diarylmethyloxime and hydrazone derivatives with 5-indolyl moieties as potent inhibitors of tubulin polymerization

publication · 11 years ago
by Concepcion Alvarez, Raquel Alvarez, Purificacion Corchete, Jose Luis Lopez, Concepción Pérez-Melero, Rafael Pelaez, Manuel Medarde (Universidad de Salamanca)
We describe the synthesis and biological evaluation of a series of diarylmethyloxime and diarylmethylhydrazone analogues that contain an indole ring and different modifications on the nitrogen of the bridge. Several compounds showed potent tubulin polymerization inhibitory action as well as cytotoxic activity against cancer cell lines. The N-methyl-5-indolyl substituted analogues are more potent than ethyl substituted ones. The most potent inhibitors of tubulin polymerization are the diarylketones and the diaryloximes. The cytotoxicity against several cancer cell lines is lower for the oximes than for the ketones. Other substitutions on the imine nitrogen greatly reduce the tubulin inhibitory and/or cytotoxic potencies.
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