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J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem. 2014 Apr;29(2):243-8. doi: 10.3109/14756366.2013.768987. Epub 2013 Feb 25.

Cytotoxicity and topoisomerase I/II inhibition activity of novel 4-aryl/alkyl-1-(piperidin-4-yl)-carbonylthiosemicarbazides and 4-benzoylthiosemicarbazides.

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Department of Organic Chemistry, Medical University , Lublin , Poland .


A series of eight thiosemicarbazide derivatives was examined for cytotoxicity in breast cancer cell cultures. Among them, 4-benzoylthiosemicarbazides proved to be only slightly less potent than chlorambucil in both MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 lines. In contrast, 4-aryl/alkylthiosemicarbazides revealed significantly lower cytotoxicity effect. Subsequently, all titled compounds were tested as potential human topoisomerase I and II (topo I and topo II) inhibitors. Mechanistic studies revealed that tested thiosemicarbazides act as both topoisomerase I and topoisomerase II inhibitors. Among them, the best inhibitory activity was found for 4-benzoylthiosemicarbazides (1 and 2) with IC50 at 50 ┬ÁM against topo II.

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