PMID: 7932579Oct 14, 1994Paper

Synthesis and structure-activity relationship of methyl-substituted indolo[2,3-b]quinolines: novel cytotoxic, DNA topoisomerase II inhibitors

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Wanda Peczynska-CzochJ Boratyński


In furtherance of our SAR study on the chemistry and antitumor activity of fused nitrogen heteroaromatic compounds, a series of linear, methyl-substituted derivatives of 5H- and 6H-indolo[2,3-b]quinolines were synthesized according to the modified Graebe-Ullmann reaction. To establish the relationship between the physicochemical and biological activities of indolo[2,3-b]quinolines, their lipophilic properties, cytotoxic and antimicrobial activity, and ability to induce topoisomerase II dependent pSP65 DNA cleavage in vitro were investigated. We found that the antimicrobial and cytotoxic activity of indolo[2,3-b]quinolines was strongly influenced by the position, and the number of methyl substituents and the presence of methyl group at pyridine nitrogen was essential for the cytotoxicity of these compounds. All indolo[2,3-b]quinolines belonging to the 5H series, i.e., bearing a methyl group on the pyridine nitrogen, showed significant activity against procaryotic and eucaryotic organisms. They inhibited the growth of Gram-positive bacteria and pathogenic fungi at MIC range 3 x 10(-2) to 2.5 x 10(-1) mumol/mL, displayed cytotoxicity against KB cells ID50 in the range 2 x 10(-3) to 9 x 10(-3) mumol/mL, and stimulated the formation...Continue Reading


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