Fang Wang

East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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    ABSTRACT: 3-(dimethylamino-ethylamino)-8-oxo-8H-acenaphthol[1, 2-b]pyrrole-9-carboxylic acid (APCA), as a potent antitumor compound, showed anticancer activity on a series of established cancer cells. Meanwhile, the cytotoxic effects of APCA were much smaller on normal human cells than that on cancer cells. This study investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying APCA-induced growth inhibition in HeLa cells. The results showed that the APCA-induced cell cycle arrest at G(2)/M phase correlated with cyclinB1 and cyclin-dependent kinase 1 expression downregulation in a p53-independent manner, and also caused an increase in apoptosis, which was confirmed by characteristic morphological changes and increased apoptotic sub-G(1) population. Furthermore, translocation inhibition of nuclear factor-κB, upregulation of Bax, and downregulation of Bcl-2, caspase-3 and caspase-9 activation, and poly-(ADP-ribose) polymerase cleavage were observed in HeLa cells treated with APCA, which indicated that the mitochondrial pathway was involved in the apoptosis signal pathway. In summary, APCA displayed an antitumor effect through cell cycle arrest and apoptotic induction in HeLa cells, which suggested that APCA might have therapeutic potential against cervix carcinoma as an effective lead compound.
    Anti-cancer drugs 08/2011; 22(9):875-85. · 2.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A family of 8-oxo-8H-acenaphtho[1,2-b]pyrrole-9-carboxylic acid derivatives were synthesized as a result of our efforts to modify a series of acenaphthopyrrole aromatic-heterocycle compounds that proved to be potent anticancer drugs. Among the derivatives, 3d (3-(dimethylamino-propylamino)-8-oxo-8H-acenaphtho-[1,2-b]pyrrole-9-carboxylic acid) and 3g (3-piperidine-8-oxo-8H-acenaphtho-[1,2-b]pyrrole-9-carboxylic acid) showed potential anticancer activity and different action mechanism from our previously reported compounds. UV-vis absorption, circular dichroism and viscosity measurement indicated that effect of both compounds on the advanced DNA conformation was different, although they could bind to DNA in the same way. Cell cycle analysis showed that 3d could induce S-phase arrest followed by apoptosis, while 3g induced apoptosis. The results seem to imply that different action mechanism could contribute to the dissimilitude of biological activities toward 3d and 3g.
    Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry 02/2009; 17(21):7615-21. · 2.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A series of 5-alkylamino substituted amonafide analogues were synthesized from naphthalic anhydride by three steps including bromization, amination and CuI/proline catalyzed coupling reaction. The CuI/L-proline catalyzed coupling reaction was first applied to the naphthalimide system. These new amonafide analogues showed potential anticancer activities against HeLa and P388D1 cell lines in vitro, and 4a, 4b, and 4h exhibited better activity than amonafide against HeLa cell under the same experimental conditions. More importantly, the new analogues could avoid the side effect of amonafide due to their structure, in which lacks a primary amine at the 5 position. Moreover, the DNA-binding of the analogues was also investigated.
    Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry 12/2008; 17(2):804-10. · 2.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A new fluorescent probe 1, N-butyl-4, 5-(p-aldehyde)phenyl-1,8-naphthalimide, was designed and synthesized for the determination of the cysteine (Cys). Upon addition of Cys, the emission of 1 was enhanced with about 25nm red-shift in the emission maximum (from 455 to 480nm), accompanied with the fluorescent color change from blue to cyan, which was attributed to the reaction of the aldehyde groups in 1 with cysteine to form very stable thiazolidines derivative. Compound 1 was highly selective for cysteine detection without the interference of other amino acids and can be used for bioimaging of Cys.
    Tetrahedron Letters - TETRAHEDRON LETT. 01/2008; 49(47):6624-6627.