PMID: 3005573Mar 1, 1986Paper

Influence of alkyl-chain fluorination on the action of mammary tumor inhibiting 2,3-bis(hydroxyphenyl)butanes and 2,3-bis(hydroxyphenyl)but-2-enes

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
R W HartmannH Schönenberger


trans-1,2-Bis(trifluoromethyl)-1,2-bis(4- and 3-hydroxyphenyl)ethenes 2 and 4 were prepared by reductive coupling (TiCl4/Zn/pyridine) of the methoxy-substituted alpha, alpha, alpha-trifluoroacetophenones, separation of the resulting cis- and trans-stilbene derivatives, and ether cleavage with BBr3. The cis-stilbenes were catalytically hydrogenated to give meso-1,1,1,4,4,4-hexafluoro-2,3-bis(4- and 3-hydroxyphenyl)butanes 6 and 8. Compounds 2, 4, 6, and 8 showed 2- to 10-fold increased binding affinities for the estradiol receptor (E2R) and enhanced estrogenicity in the uterine weight test of the immature mouse compared to their unfluorinated analogues. Compound 8 exhibited a 46% inhibition of the estrone-stimulated uterine growth. Antitumor activity was evaluated with use of the transplantable, hormone-dependent MXT mammary tumor of the BD2F1 mouse. All compounds showed tumor growth inhibitory activity corresponding to their RBA values. The most interesting compound 8 led to a significant inhibition of the tumor growth on the DMBA-induced hormone-dependent mammary carcinoma of the Sprague-Dawley rat.

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