The first series of 4,11-bis[(2-aminoethyl)amino]anthra[2,3-b]furan-5,10- diones: Synthesis and anti-proliferative characteristics

Andrey E. Shchekotikhin, Valeria A. Glazunova, Lyubov G. Dezhenkova, Elena K. Shevtsova, Valery F. Traven', Jan Balzarini, Hsu Shan Huang, Alexander A. Shtil, Maria N. Preobrazhenskaya

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We developed the synthesis of a series of furan-fused tetracyclic analogues of the antitumor agent ametantrone. The reactions included nucleophilic substitution of propoxy groups in 4,11-dipropoxyanthra[2,3-b]furan-5,10-diones with ethylenediamines, producing the derivatives of 4,11-diaminoanthra[2,3-b] furan-5,10-dione in good yields. Studies of anti-proliferative activity on a panel of mammalian tumor cell lines demonstrated that anthra[2,3-b]furan-5,10- diones were the most potent derivatives among heteroarene-fused ametantrone analogues with one heteroatom. We identified several compounds that evoked a growth inhibitory effect at submicromolar concentrations. The anthra[2,3-b]furan-5,10-dione 9 with distal methylamino groups was markedly potent against drug-resistant cell lines with P-glycoprotein overexpression or p53 gene deletion. Furthermore, this derivative attenuated in vitro topoisomerase I-mediated DNA uncoiling at low micromolar concentrations. These results demonstrate that anthrafurandiones are a new class of heterocyclic anthraquinone derivatives with the properties potentially valuable for anticancer therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-428
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Anthra[2,3-b]furan-5,10-diones
  • Cytotoxicity
  • Drug resistance
  • Topoisomerase I
  • Tumor cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Pharmacology
  • Organic Chemistry


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