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Organic & biomolecular chemistry

Application of Mannich bases to the synthesis of hydroxymethylated isoflavonoids as potential antineoplastic agents.


PMID 26416505

Abstract

The regiospecific Mannich aminomethylation of 7-hydroxyisoflavonoids using bis(N,N-dimethylamino)methane afforded C-8 substituted N,N-dimethylaminomethyl adducts, and the regioselective aminomethylation of 5-hydroxy-7-methoxyisoflavonoids afforded predominantly the C-6 substituted N,N-dimethylaminomethyl adducts. Acetylation of these C-6 or C-8 Mannich bases with potassium acetate in acetic anhydride provided access to the corresponding acetoxymethyl derivatives that were subsequently converted to hydroxymethyl- and methoxymethyl-substituted 5-hydroxy- or 7-hydroxyisoflavonoids related to naturally occurring flavonoids. The C-8 acetoxymethyl, hydroxymethyl or methoxymethyl-substituted isoflavonoids possessed promising inhibitory potency in the low micromolar range in a prostate cancer PC-3 cell proliferation assay.