Ronco C, Millet A, Plaisant M, Abbe P, Hamouda-Tekaya N, Rocchi S, Benhida R
Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2017 May;27(10):2192-2196
We recently described a new family of bioactive molecules with interesting anti-cancer activities: the N-(4-(3-aminophenyl)thiazol-2-yl)acetamides. The lead compound of the series (1) displays significant anti-proliferative and cytotoxic activities against a panel of cancer cell lines, either sensitive or resistant to standard treatments. This molecule also shows a good pharmacological profile and high in vivo potency towards mice xenografts, without signs of toxicity on the animals. In the present article, we disclose the structure-activity relationships of this lead compound, which have provided clear information about the replacement of the acetamide function and the substitution pattern of the benzenesulfonamide ring. An improved high-yielding synthetic procedure towards these compounds has also been developed. Our drug design resulted in potency enhancement of 1, our new optimized lead compound being 19. These findings are of great interest to further improve this scaffold for the development of future clinical candidates.