We have synthesized a large variety of CA-4 analogues having a non-isomerizable C-linker between the A- and B-aromatic
rings. Most of them displayed a nanomolar level of cytotoxicity against a panel of human cancer cell lines and inhibited tubulin
polymerization at a micromolar level. Among all these compounds, the most interesting compounds were undoubtedly isoCA-4 and
structural analogues 18-20 as well as benzil derivatives 11 which displayed a comparable level of activity than that of CA-4. Moreover, it
has been demonstrated that these drugs arrested cancer cells in the G2/M phase of cellular cycle and induced apoptosis at very low
concentrations. In vitro antivascular effects and the binding mode of the most active compounds was also investigated.
Keywords: Apoptosis, binding, combretastatin A-4, isoCA-4, cytotoxicity, linker, tubulin.
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