(±)-trans-Dihydronarciclasine and (±)-trans-dihydrolycoricidine analogues modified in their ring A: Evaluation of their anticancer activity and a SAR study

Gábor Varró, Péter Pálchuber, Balázs Pogrányi, András Simon, L. Hegedûs, István Kádas

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A series of (±)-trans-dihydronarciclasine and (±)-trans-dihydrolycoricidine derivatives with variously substituted ring A was synthesised and evaluated for their antiproliferative activity against 60 human tumour cell lines (NCI60), representing leukemia, melanoma, and cancers of the lung, colon, brain, ovary, breast, prostate, as well as kidney in vitro. Among the 13 alkaloids screened, (±)-trans-dihydronarciclasine showed the highest potency as a cytotoxic molecule. A structure–activity relationship (SAR) study indicated that the presence of a hydroxy group at position 7 and a rigid, 1,3-benzodioxole scaffold were essential for the antiproliferative activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-89
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2019



  • (±)-trans-Dihydronarciclasine
  • Alkaloids
  • Anticancer activity
  • Structure–activity relationship (SAR)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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