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Chemistry. 2014 Jul 14;20(29):8904-8. doi: 10.1002/chem.201403024. Epub 2014 Jun 12.

Tailoring 3,3'-dihydroxyisorenieratene to hydroxystilbene: finding a resveratrol analogue with increased antiproliferation activity and cell selectivity.

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  • 1State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry, Lanzhou University, 222 Tianshui Street S., Lanzhou 730000 (China), Fax: (+86) 931-8915557.


Four novel compounds were designed by "tailoring" 3,3'-dihydroxyisorenieratene (a natural carotenoid) based on an isoprene unit retention truncation strategy. Among them, the smallest molecule 1 (2,3,6,2',3',6'-hexamethyl-4,4'-dihydroxy-trans-stilbene) was concisely synthesized in a one-pot Stille-Heck tandem sequence, and surfaced as a promising lead molecule in terms of its selective antiproliferative activity mediated by blocking the NCI-H460 cell cycle in G1 phase. Additionally, theoretical calculations and cell uptake experiments indicate that the unique polymethylation pattern of compound 1 significantly induces a conformational change shift out of planarity and increases its cell uptake and metabolic stability. The observation should be helpful to rationally design resveratrol-inspired antiproliferative agents.

© 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


antiproliferation; cell cycle; isoprene units; methylation reactions; resveratrol

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