Synthesis and screening of anticancer potentials of some new terephthaldehyde-derived nitrone compounds

  • Husam Hamza Salman
  • Munther Abduljaleel Mohammed Ali
  • Eman Tariq Ali
Keywords: Terephthaldehyde, Nitrone, Cytotoxicity, Anticancer, MCF-7 cells


Purpose: To synthesize and screen some new nitrone compounds derived from terephthaldehyde for their anticancer potential.

Methods: Six new compounds (H, p-Me,p-Br, p-Cl, o-Cl and m-Me) were synthesized via a condensation reaction between terephthaldehyde and a variety of aryl hydroxylamine compounds derived from nitrobenzene and its derivatives. The chemical structures of these compounds were identified using elemental CHN analysis and were elucidated using Fourier Transform infra-red (FT-IR), 1H-nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR), mass spectrometry (MS), and elemental analysis. The anticancer effects of the compounds were screened in vitro with respect to their cytotoxicity on MCF7 human cancer cells line. The IC50 values were obtained by MTT assay and their effects on apoptosis of MCF-7 cells were assessed using Acridine orange-ethidium bromide AO/EtBr staining method under a fluorescence microscope.

Results: Only four compounds (2b, 2d, 2e, and 2f) inhibited more than 50 % of the growth of MCF-7 cells. The strongest anti-proliferation effect against MCF-7 cells was exhibited by 2f (m-Me), producing more apoptosis which increased membrane disruption and consistency of lysosome vacuoles; it also exhibited higher cytotoxic effects on human cancer cell lines (IC50 < 7.5) than the other synthesized compounds.

Conclusion: The new nitrone compounds (2b, 2d, 2e, and 2f) synthesized from terephthaldehyde exhibit some anticancer properties, and so are potential anticancer agents.

Keywords: Terephthaldehyde, Nitrone, Cytotoxicity, Anticancer, MCF-7 cells


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eISSN: 1596-9827
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