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Chem Biol Drug Des. 2007 Aug;70(2):75-86.

Structure-activity and high-content imaging analyses of novel tubulysins.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA.


The synthesis and biological evaluation of three tubulysin analogs provides the first structure-activity relationship in this family of potent cytotoxic myxobacteria metabolites. Most importantly, the labile N,O-acetal at N(14) is not essential for biological activity. Further, structural simplifications are possible without abolishing biological activities. The N-terminal amino acid can be replaced with N-methylsarcosine, and the configuration at the acetoxy-bearing stereocenter at C(11) is important but not critical for almost all aspects of the biological profile. Our data encourage further development of these compounds as potential therapeutic agents in cancer treatment.

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