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J Med Chem. 1992 Dec 25;35(26):4809-12.

Antimitotic agents: ring analogues and derivatives of ethyl [(S)-5-amino-1,2-dihydro-2-methyl-3-phenylpyrido[3,4-b]pyrazin-7- yl]carbamate.

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Organic Chemistry Research Laboratories, Southern Research Institute, Birmingham, Alabama 35255-5305.


The synthesis of ring analogues and derivatives of the S isomer of ethyl [5-amino-1,2-dihydro-2-methyl-3-phenylpyrido[3,4-b]pyrazin-7 - yl[carbamate, (S)-1, a potent antimitotic agent with anticancer activity, was directed toward the determination of the contribution of several structural features of this compound to biological activity. Replacement of the 5-amino with a 5(6H)-oxo group and either transposing the 6-ring nitrogen to or incorporation of a ring nitrogen at the 8-position caused a significant decrease in in vitro activity and destroyed in vivo activity. Although in vivo cytotoxicity was reduced, in vitro activity at higher doses relative to (S)-1 was retained by replacement of the 5-amino group with hydrogen and by expansion of the 1,2-dihydropyrazine to give a dihydro-1,4-diazepine ring.

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