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Steroids. 2007 Nov;72(13):892-900. Epub 2007 Aug 6.

Synthesis of chalcone derivatives on steroidal framework and their anticancer activities.

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  • 1Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), P.O. CIMAP, Kukrail Picnic Spot Road, Lucknow, U.P., India.


Chalcone derivatives on estradiol framework have been synthesized. Some of the derivatives showed potent anticancer activity against some human cancer cell lines. Compounds 9 and 19 showed potent activity against MCF-7, a hormone dependent breast cancer cell line. Chalcone 7 was further modified to the corresponding indanone derivative (19) using the Nazarov reaction, which showed better activity than the parent compound against the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line. Active anticancer derivatives were also evaluated for osmotic hemolysis using the erythrocyte as a model system. It was observed that chalcone derivatives showing cytotoxicity against cancer cell lines did not affect the fragility of erythrocytes and hence may be considered as non-toxic to normal cells.

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