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ABSTRACT: The synthesis of 8,9,10,11-tetrahydro-5-(3-dimethylaminopropoxy)-4-methylbenzofuro[2,3-h]coumarin (5) is described. The new compound showed the ability to inhibit cell growth both upon UVA irradiation and in the dark. The investigation on the mechanism of action highlighted the capacity of 5 to covalently photoadd to thymine, as demonstrated by the isolation and characterization of the 4',5'-monoadduct. Furthermore, in the ground state 5 interferes with the topoisomerase II relaxation activity, suggesting that this enzyme could constitute a molecular target responsible for the dark antiproliferative effect.Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry 04/2012; 20(11):3603-8. · 2.82 Impact Factor
Article: 4‘-Methyl Derivatives of 5-MOP and 5-MOA: Synthesis, Photoreactivity, and Photobiological Activity[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The synthesis and photobiological activity of four new 4‘-methyl derivatives of 5-MOP (5-methoxypsoralen) and 5-MOA (5-methoxyangelicin), i.e., 4,4‘-dimethyl-5-methoxypsoralen, 3,4‘-dimethyl-5-methoxypsoralen, 4,4‘-dimethyl-5-methoxyangelicin, and 3,4‘-dimethyl-5-methoxyangelicin, are described. All these compounds photobind efficiently to DNA. The DNA-photobinding process was investigated using various nucleic acid structures such as double-helix DNA, bacterial DNA, and synthetic polydeoxyribonucleotides. Photoreaction experiments showed that, unlike 8-MOP (8-methoxypsoralen) and 5-MOP, both angular derivatives bind thymine and cytosine with the same efficiency. The principal nucleoside−psoralen monoadducts were isolated and characterized after enzymatic digestion or acid hydrolysis. Biological activity studies revealed a good correlation with the extent of covalent photoaddition. Moreover, the two angular derivatives and the 4,4‘-dimethyl-5-methoxypsoralen were unable to induce skin erythema, in striking contrast with the reference drugs, 8-MOP and 5-MOP; only the 3,4‘-dimethyl-5-methoxypsoralen caused erythema, although to a substantially lower extent than that induced by the two parent compounds.10/1996;
Article: 4‘Methyl Derivatives of 5MOP and 5MOA: Synthesis, Photoreactivity, and Photobiological ActivityJournal of Medicinal Chemistry - J MED CHEM. 01/1996; 39(22):4489-4496.