Synthesis and structure-activity studies of schweinfurthin B analogs: Evidence for the importance of a D-ring hydrogen bond donor in expression of differential cytotoxicity

Jeffrey D. Neighbors, Maya S. Salnikova, John A. Beutler, David F. Wiemer

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The synthesis and biological evaluation of several enantioenriched schweinfurthin B analogs were undertaken to develop structure-activity relationships and guide design of probes for their putative molecular target. The desired stilbenes contain a common left-half hexahydroxanthene ring system and an aromatic right-half with varied substituents. The synthesis involves penultimate Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons coupling of one of several right-half phosphonates with the aldehyde comprising the left-half of 3-deoxyschweinfurthin B. Preparation of the requisite phosphonates, and the respective stilbenes, as well as the cytotoxicity profiles of these new compounds in the National Cancer Institute's 60 cell-line anticancer screen is described. Several of these analogs displayed cytotoxicity patterns well-correlated with the natural product and differences in activity of ∼103 across the various cell lines. Together, these assay results indicate the importance of at least one free phenol group on the aromatic D-ring of this system for differential cytotoxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1771-1784
Number of pages14
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 15 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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