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Dalton Trans. 2013 Feb 14;42(6):2023-34. doi: 10.1039/c2dt32429f.

Glycosylated copper(II) ionophores as prodrugs for β-glucosidase activation in targeted cancer therapy.

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  • 1University of Catania, Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Viale A. Doria, 6, 95125 - Catania, Italy.


8-Hydroxyquinoline derivatives are metal-binding compounds that have recently attracted interest as therapeutic agents for cancer therapy. In this scenario, we designed and synthesized three new glucoconjugates, 5,7-dichloro-8-quinolinyl-β-D-glucopyranoside, 5-chloro-8-quinolinyl-β-D-glucopyranoside and 2-methyl-8-quinolinyl-β-D-glucopyranoside and investigated their biological properties in comparison to the parent 8-hydroxyquinoline derivatives in the presence of Cu(2+). In vitro data show that 2 out of 3 glycosylated compounds possess a pharmacologically-relevant antiproliferative activity against tumor cells, similar to that of their parent compounds; this activity is associated with a relevant triggering of apoptosis. The pharmacological profile of the glucoconjugates depends on the cellular enzymatic β-glucosidase activity, as demonstrated by the inhibition of antiproliferative activity in the presence of the 2,5-dideoxy-2,5-imino-D-mannitol.

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