MOLECULES, vol.21, no.11, 2016 (SCI-Expanded)
New benzodioxole-based thiosemicarbazone derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their cytotoxic effects on A549 human lung adenocarcinoma, C6 rat glioma and NIH/3T3 mouse embryonic fibroblast cells. In order to examine the correlation between anticancer activity and cholinesterases, the compounds were evaluated for their inhibitory effects on AChE and BuChE. The most effective anticancer agents were investigated for their effects on DNA synthesis, apoptosis and mitochondrial membrane potential. 4-(1,3-Benzodioxol-5-yl)-1-([1,1'-biphenyl]-4-ylmethylene)thiosemicarbazide (5) was identified as the most promising anticancer agent against C6 and A549 cell lines due to its inhibitory effects on C6 and A549 cells and low toxicity to NIH/3T3 cells. Compound 5 increased early and late apoptosis in A549 and C6 cells. Compound 5 also caused disturbance on mitochondrial membrane potential and showed DNA synthesis inhibitory activity in A549 and C6 cells. Compound 5 was investigated for SIRT1 inhibitory activity to provide mechanistic insight and for that purpose docking studies were also performed for this compound on SIRT1. On the other hand, compound 5 did not show any inhibitory activity against AChE and BuChE. This outcome pointed out that there is no relationship between anticancer activity of compound 5 and cholinesterases.