Madridge Journal of Cancer Study & Research

ISSN: 2640-5180

International Cancer Study & Therapy Conference
April 04-06, 2016, Baltimore, USA

Synthesis and biological evaluation of N-heterocycles as novel anticancer agents

Po-Yee Chung, Kim-Hung Lam* and Johnny Cheuk-On Tang*

Chu Kochen Honors College, Zhejiang University, China

DOI: 10.18689/2640-5180.a1.003

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Many bioactive compounds, both natural and synthetic molecules, are heterocyclic compounds. Recent studies have been reported that heterocycles, such as quinoline and indole, exhibit their promising anticancer effects. In present study, we examined the anticancer effects of some indole-type compounds as well as a series of benzenesulfonate quinolines were prepared and evaluated their potential anticancer activities against a panel of cancer cell lines (Hep3B, MCF-7 and SLMT-1). Among these compounds, compound QD019 demonstrated the best anticancer activity in all the selected cell lines with the MTS50 ranged from 0.078 to 0.625 µg/mL. According to the preliminary docking analysis using the Similarity Ensemble Approach (SEA), QD019 may potentially interact with the DNA binding site of the nuclear factor kappa beta p65 subunit which is critical for the proliferation of cancer cells. These findings provide a clue for us to further investigate it as a lead compound for its anticancer actions. Further structural optimization of the molecular skeleton and detailed investigation for the mechanisms of the anticancer actions of QD019 is in progress.


Po-Yee Chung is currently a research student at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University under the supervision of Dr. Johnny Cheuk-on Tang and Dr. Kim-Hung Lam. Her research focuses on drug design and synthesis of novel small organic molecules, particular in quinoline-type compounds, as anticancer agents.