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ABSTRACT: We report the synthesis and preliminary in vitro biological evaluations of 4-[(4-hydroxyphenyl)sulfanyl]but-3-en-2-one, a compound designed as a potential bifunctional antimelanoma agent, bearing both a tyrosinase-activatable phenolic moiety and a GSH-reactive alpha,beta-unsaturated carbonyl group. Both the E (1) and Z (2) isomers of the synthesized compound proved to be very good substrates of mushroom tyrosinase, reacted quickly with GSH at physiological pH, and showed a significant cytotoxic activity against B16F1 murine melanoma cells.
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 08/2009; 52(15):4973-6. · 5.61 Impact Factor