Background: In recent years, the discovery and development of new drugs play a critical role in cancer therapy.
Objective: In this study, the effect of MPAEA and p-acetamide on cellular toxicity and on silico in HeLa cancer cells have been investigated.
Methods: In this study, 2-choloro-N-(4-methoxyphenyl)acetamide (p-acetamide) and 2-(4- methoxyphenylamino)-2-oxoethyl acrylate (MPAEA) have been synthesized and characterized by FTIR, 1H, and 13C-NMR. Cytotoxicity of p-acetamide and MPAEA have been investigated by XTT cell proliferation assay on the HeLa cell line. IC50 values of p-acetamide and MPAEA have been identified on the HeLa cell line. Further, a molecular docking study was carried out by Autodock Vina using BCL-2 (PDB ID: 4MAN), BCL-W (PDB ID: 2Y6W), MCl-1 (PDB ID: 5FDO) AKT (PDB ID: 4GV1) and BRAF (PDB ID: 5VAM) as a possible apoptotic target for anticancer activity.
Results: According to the obtained results, MPAEA and p-acetamide were successfully synthesized and characterized. The interactions between ligands and anti-apoptotic proteins were evaluated by molecular docking, and their free energy of binding was calculated and used as a descriptor.
Conclusion: In vitro and in silico, the results demonstrated that MPAEA had potent anticancer activity on the HeLa cell line.