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Bioorg Med Chem Lett 2020 Dec 01;3023:127635. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2020.127635.
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Synthesis and biological evaluation of indolylglyoxylamide bisphosphonates, antimitotic microtubule-targeting derivatives of indibulin with improved aqueous solubility.

Brel VK , Artyushin OI , Chuprov-Netochin RN , Leonov SV , Semenova MN , Semenov VV .

Indibulin (D-24851) derivatives with bisphosphonate fragment connected to the N1 atom of imidazole ring were synthesized by alkylation of (indolyl-3)methylglyoxylates with ethylenebisphosphonate. Biological evaluation of targeted compounds 4a-d using the phenotypic sea urchin embryo assay provided evidence that replacing of p-chlorobenzene ring in indibulin by bisphosphonate group did not eliminate antimitotic microtubule destabilizing activity. The most active molecule, tetraacid 5a, at physiological pH formed tetrasodium salt 6a with aqueous solubility value of at least 10 mg/mL. Molecule 5a was more potent in the sea urchin embryo assay than the parent indibulin. This compound also exhibited pronounced cytotoxicity against A549 lung carcinoma and A375 melanoma cell lines.

PubMed ID: 33132173
Article link: Bioorg Med Chem Lett