Jul 14, 2020

Novel 2-cyanoacrylamido-4,5,6,7-tetrahydrobenzo[b]thiophene derivatives as potent anticancer agents

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Farid M SroorIsmail A Abdelhamid


Ethyl 2-acrylamido-4,5,6,7-tetrahydrobenzo[b]thiophene-3-carboxylate as well as its corresponding bis-derivatives, 5-10, with aliphatic linkers were synthesized, fully characterized, and tested as novel anticancer agents. The targeted compounds, 5-10, were obtained by the Knoevenagel condensation reactions of bis-o- or -p-aldehyde with a molar ratio of ethyl 2-(2-cyanoacetamido)-4,5,6,7-tetrahydrobenzo[b]thiophene-3-carboxylate of 2 in the presence of piperidine in excellent yields (93-98%). The in vitro anticancer activities of the prepared compounds were evaluated against HepG2, MCF-7, HCT-116, and BJ1 cells. Compounds 7 and 9 emerged as the most promising compounds, with IC50 values of 13.5 and 32.2 µg/ml, respectively, against HepG2 cells, compared with the reference drug doxorubicin (IC50 : 21.6 µg/ml). Real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction was used to measure the changes in expression levels of the COL10A1 and COL11A1, ESR1, and ERBB2, or AXIN1 and CDKN2A genes within the treated cells, as genetic markers for colon, breast, or liver cancers, respectively. Treatment of the colon cancer cells with compounds 5, 9, and 10, or breast and liver cancers cells with compounds 7, 8, 9, and 10 downregulated the e...Continue Reading