Newly synthesized imino-derivatives analogues of resveratrol exert inhibitory effects in breast tumor cells

Domenico Iacopetta, Rosamaria Lappano, Annaluisa Mariconda, Jessica Ceramella, Maria Stefania Sinicropi, Carmela Saturnino, Marianna Talia, Francesca Cirillo, Fabio Martinelli, Francesco Puoci, Camillo Rosano, Pasquale Longo, Marcello Maggiolini

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Breast cancer represents the most frequently diagnosed malignancy in women worldwide.  Various therapeutics are currently used in order to halt the progression of breast tumor, even though certain side effects may limit the beneficial effects. In recent years, many efforts have been addressed to the usefulness of natural compounds as anticancer agents due to their low toxicity. Resveratrol, a stilbene found in grapes, berries, peanuts and soybeans, has raised a notable interest for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antitumor properties. Here, we report the design, the synthesis and the characterization of the anticancer activity of a small series of imino N-arylsubstituted compounds that are analogues of resveratrol. In particular, the most active compound, named 3, exhibited anti-tumor activity in diverse types of breast cancer cells through the inhibition of the human topoisomerase II and the induction of apoptotic cell death. Therefore, the abovementioned compound maybe considered as a promising agent in more comprehensive treatments of breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7797
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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