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Quinolones in the Search for New Anticancer Agents

Author(s): Pedro Netto Batalha, Maria Cecília Bastos Vieira de Souza, Eduardo Peña-Cabrera, David Cruz Cruz, Fernanda da Costa Santos Boechat.


Quinolones have a large bio-dynamicity. Although they are well known as antibacterials, another important activity has been investigated – quinolones are able to inhibit cancer cell proliferation. In view of the great versatility associated with the synthesis of quinolones, many researchers have spent time and resources on the development of new structurally diversified quinolone derivatives with the purpose of finding new possibilities for cancer treatment. In this review some of the most recent advances in the search for new quinolone anticancer agents are highlighted, with focus on naturally occurring substances, bioactive metal complexes, molecular hybrids, photosensitizers and heterocycle condensed quinolones.

Keywords: Quinolones, cancer, topoisomerase, complexes, anticancer activity, photochemistry, natural products.

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Article Details

Year: 2016
Page: [6009 - 6020]
Pages: 12
DOI: 10.2174/1381612822666160715115025
Price: $58