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Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters

The effect of vindoline C-16 substituents on the biomimetic coupling reaction: synthesis and cytotoxicity evaluation of the corresponding vinorelbine analogues.


PMID 22525316

Abstract

A new series of vinorelbine analogues are designed and synthesized to explore the vindoline C-16 substituent effects on the biomimetic coupling with catharanthine, and the structure-activity relationships of these vinorelbine analogues as cytotoxic agents are also studied. The results show that introduction of severe steric hindrance and/or electron-withdrawing group at C-16 site are not propitious to improving the yields of the coupling reaction, and the SAR information collected so far suggests that small alkyl groups substituted at C-16 of vindoline are conductive to maintaining the cytotoxicity.