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Bioorg Med Chem. 2010 Mar 1;18(5):1899-909. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2010.01.037. Epub 2010 Jan 25.

Synthesis, metabolism and in vitro cytotoxicity studies on novel lavendamycin antitumor agents.

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  • 1Chemistry Department, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306, USA.


A series of lavendamycin analogues with two, three or four substituents at the C-6, C-7 N, C-2', C-3' and C-11' positions were synthesized via short and efficient methods and evaluated as potential NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase (NQO1)-directed antitumor agents. The compounds were prepared through Pictet-Spengler condensation of the desired 2-formylquinoline-5,8-diones with the required tryptophans followed by further needed transformations. Metabolism and toxicity studies demonstrated that the best substrates for NQO1 were also the most selectively toxic to NQO1-rich tumor cells compared to NQO1-deficient tumor cells.

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