Highly potent triazole-based tubulin polymerization inhibitors

Qiang Zhang, Youyi Peng, Xin I. Wang, Susan M. Keenan, Sonia Arora, William J. Welsh

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We describe the synthesis and biological evaluation of a series of tubulin polymerization inhibitors that contain the 1,2,4-triazole ring to retain the bioactive configuration afforded by the cis double bond in combretastatin A-4 (CA-4). Several of the subject compounds exhibited potent tubulin polymerization inhibitory activity as well as cytotoxicity against a variety of cancer cells including multi-drug-resistant (MDR) cancer cell lines. Attachment of the N-methyl-5-indolyl moiety to the 1,2,4-triazole core, as exemplified by compound 7, conferred optimal properties among this series. Computer docking and molecular simulations of 7 inside the colchicine binding site of tubulin enabled identification of residues most likely to interact strongly with these inhibitors and explain their potent anti-tubulin activity and cytotoxicity. It is hoped that results presented here will stimulate further examination of these substituted 1,2,4-triazoles as potential anti-cancer therapeutic agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)749-754
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of medicinal chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 22 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery


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