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Molecules 2011, 16(6), 4632-4641;

New Catechol Derivatives of Safrole and Their Antiproliferative Activity towards Breast Cancer Cells

Departamento de Química, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España N° 1680, Valparaíso, Chile
Centro de Investigaciones Biomedicas (CIB), Centro Regional de Estudios en Alimentos Saludables, Escuela de Medicina, Universidad de Valparaíso, Creas, Av. Hontaneda N° 2664, Valparaíso, Chile
Departamento de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Andrés Bello, Campus Viña del Mar, Los Fresnos N° 52, Viña del Mar, Chile
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Received: 13 April 2011 / Revised: 31 May 2011 / Accepted: 2 June 2011 / Published: 3 June 2011
(This article belongs to the Section Organic Chemistry)
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Catechols were synthesized from safrole. Nine derivatives were prepared and assessed for antiproliferative effects using different human cell lines. The in vitro growth inhibition assay was based on the sulphorhodamine dye to quantify cell viability. The derivatives 4-allylbenzene-1,2-diol (3), 4 4-[3-(acetyloxy)propyl]-1,2-phenylene diacetate (6) and 4-[3-(acetyloxy)propyl]-5-nitro-1,2-phenylene diacetate (10) showed higher cytotoxicity than the parent compound 2 in tests performed on two breast cancer cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231). The IC50 values of 40.2 ± 6.9 μM, 5.9 ± 0.8 μM and 33.8 ± 4.9 μM, respectively, were obtained without toxicity towards dermal human fibroblast (DHF cells). View Full-Text
Keywords: antiproliferative activity; catechol; synthesis antiproliferative activity; catechol; synthesis

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Madrid Villegas, A.; Espinoza Catalán, L.; Montenegro Venegas, I.; Villena García, J.; Carrasco Altamirano, H. New Catechol Derivatives of Safrole and Their Antiproliferative Activity towards Breast Cancer Cells. Molecules 2011, 16, 4632-4641.

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