Synthesis and structure-activity relationships of novel 14β-side chain taxol derivatives

Ruiwu Liu, Dali Yin, Donghui Wang, Chun Li, Jiyu Guo, Xiaotian Liang

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In order to develop new generation of taxol-like anticancer agents with fewer side effects, improved activity, superior pharmacological properties and broad antitumor spectrum, along with structure-activity relationship study, a series of new taxol derivatives are to be synthesized starting from sinenxan A - a biosynthetic taxane. Eight new 14β-side chain taxol derivatives with 4-OH and 4-Ac were synthesized in 5 and 6 steps from semisynthetic taxoid intermediate 7, respectively. These included taxol derivatives modified at C-2 position with benzoate, m-Cl benzoate, valerate and phenylacetate. All target compounds together with two other 14β-side chain taxol derivatives were tested in a microtubule assembly assay, and in an in vitro cytotoxicity assay (KB, A2780, HCT-8 cell line). All compounds had no effect in the microtubule assembly assay at 10 μmol·L-1. Most of them showed marginal activity in the in vitro cytotoxicity. The structure-activity relationship was different from taxol derivatives. 2-Aliphatic ester displayed similar activity to 2-aromatic ester, which indicated that the aromatic group at C-2 position was not important for cytotoxicity. Comparing among themselves, 4-OH deravitives possessed stronger activity than 4-Ac.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)910-918
Number of pages9
JournalYaoxue Xuebao
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Antitumor activity
  • Microtubule assembly assay
  • Novel 14β-side chain taxol derivative
  • Structure-activity relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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