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Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1871-5206
ISSN (Online): 1875-5992

Review Article

Anticancer Active Heterocyclic Chalcones: Recent Developments

Author(s): Prasad Dandawate, Khursheed Ahmed, Subhash Padhye, Aamir Ahmad* and Bernhard Biersack*

Volume 21 , Issue 5 , 2021

Published on: 05 July, 2020

Page: [558 - 566] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/1871520620666200705215722

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Background: Chalcones are structurally simple compounds that are easily accessible by synthetic methods. Heterocyclic chalcones have gained the interest of scientists due to their diverse biological activities. The anti-tumor activities of heterocyclic chalcones are especially remarkable and the growing number of publications dealing with this topic warrants an up-to-date compilation.

Methods: Search for antitumor active heterocyclic chalcones was carried out using Pubmed and Scifinder as common web-based literature searching tools. Pertinent and current literature was covered from 2015/2016 to 2019. Chemical structures, biological activities and modes of action of anti-tumor active heterocyclic chalcones are summarized.

Results: Simply prepared chalcones have emerged over the last years with promising antitumor activities. Among them, there are a considerable number of tubulin polymerization inhibitors. But there are also new chalcones targeting special enzymes such as histone deacetylases or with DNA-binding properties.

Conclusion: This review provides a summary of recent heterocyclic chalcone derivatives with distinct antitumor activities.

Keywords: Chalcone, heterocycle, anticancer agents, drug design, tubulin, histone deacetylase.

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