Synthesis, chemo-informatics, and anticancer evaluation of fluorophenyl-isoxazole derivatives

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Hawash M., Jaradat N., Abualhasan M., Amer J., LEVENT S., Issa S., ...More

OPEN CHEMISTRY, vol.19, no.1, pp.855-863, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/chem-2021-0078
  • Journal Name: OPEN CHEMISTRY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.855-863
  • Keywords: isoxazole, anticancer, Hep3B, doxorubicin, POTENTIAL ANTICANCER
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The current study aimed to design and synthesize a novel series of fluorophenyl-isoxazole-carboxamide derivatives and evaluate their antiproliferative activities. Anticancer activities of the novel compounds were evaluated by MTS assay against four cancer cell lines, including liver (Hep3B, HepG2), cervical (HeLa), and breast (MCF-7), and a-fetoprotein tumor marker, cell cycle analysis, and annexin V tests. Chemo-informatics analysis showed that all synthesized derivatives 2a-2f obeyed Lipinski's rule. Compound 2f was the most potent compound against Hep3B and Hep-G2 cancer cell lines with IC50 values of 5.76 and 34.64 mu g/mL, respectively. Moreover, compounds 2a-2c and 2e showed potent inhibitory activity against Hep3B with an IC50 value range of 7.66-11.60 mu g/mL. Hep3B secretions of alpha-fetoprotein (alpha-FP) results showed that compound 2f reduced the secretion of Hep3B to 168.33 ng/mL and compound 2d reduced the secretion to value approximately 598.33 ng/mL, in comparison with untreated cells' value of 1116.67 ng/mL. Furthermore, cell cycle analysis showed that the 2f compound induced arrest in the G2-M phase in 6.73% of the total cells and that was lower than the activity of the positive control doxorubicin (7.4%). Moreover, 2b and 2f compounds reduced the necrosis rate of Hep3B to 4-folds and shifted the cells to apoptosis.