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Current Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 0929-8673
ISSN (Online): 1875-533X

Imidazoles and Benzimidazoles as Tubulin-Modulators for Anti-Cancer Therapy

Author(s): Fernando C. Torres, M. Eugenia Garcia-Rubino, Cesar Lozano-Lopez, Daniel F. Kawano, Vera L. Eifler-Lima, Gilsane L. von Poser and Joaquin M. Campos

Volume 22 , Issue 11 , 2015

Page: [1312 - 1323] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/0929867322666150114164032

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Imidazoles and benzimidazoles are privileged heterocyclic bioactive compounds used with success in the clinical practice of innumerous diseases. Although there are many advancements in cancer therapy, microtubules remain as one of the few macromolecular targets validated for planning active anti-cancer compounds, and the design of drugs that modulate microtubule dynamics in unknown sites of tubulin is one of the goals of the medicinal chemistry. The discussion of the role of new and commercially available imidazole and benzimidazole derivatives as tubulin modulators is scattered throughout scientific literature, and indicates that these compounds have a tubulin modulation mechanism different from that of tubulin modulators clinically available, such as paclitaxel, docetaxel, vincristine and vinblastine. In fact, recent literature indicates that these derivatives inhibit microtubule formation binding to the colchicine site, present good pharmacokinetic properties and are capable of overcoming multidrug resistance in many cell lines. The understanding of the mechanisms involved in the imidazoles/benzimidazoles modulation of microtubule dynamics is very important to develop new strategies to overcome the resistance to anti-cancer drugs and to discover new biomarkers and targets for cancer chemotherapy.

Keywords: Anti-tumour, benzimidazole, colchicine-binding site, imidazole, reposition of old drugs, tubulin.

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