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This paper reports on the syntheses and spectrometric characterisation of eleven novel ent-kaurane diterpenoids, including a complete set of (1)H, (13)C NMR and crystallographic data for two novel ent-kaurane diepoxides. Moreover, the antineoplastic cytotoxicity for kaurenoic acid and the majority of ent-kaurane derivatives were assessed in vitro against a(More)
Ecteinascidins are marine natural products consisting of two or three linked tetrahydroisoquinoline subunits and an active carbinolamine functional group. Their potent antiproliferative activity against a variety of tumor cells makes them attractive candidates for development as anticancer agents. The lead compound, Yondelis (trabectedin, ET-743) is the(More)
Two new halogenated derivatives (1 and 2) of helianane (3) were isolated from the 2-propanol extract of the sponge Spirastrella hartmani. The structures of the new derivatives were determined on the basis of detailed spectroscopic analysis, including (+)-HREIMS and 1D and 2D NMR. Compound 1 showed in vitro cytotoxicity against the human tumor cell lines(More)
Kahalalide F (KF) is a natural product currently under phase II clinical trials. Here, we report the solid phase synthesis of 132 novel analogues of kahalalide F and their in vitro activity on a panel of up to 14 cancer cell lines. The structure-activity relationship of these analogues revealed that KF is highly sensitive to backbone stereotopical(More)
The design and synthesis of Lamellarin D conjugates with a nuclear localization signal peptide and a poly(ethylene glycol)-based dendrimer are described. Conjugates 1-4 were obtained in 8-84% overall yields from the corresponding protected Lamellarin D. Conjugates 1 and 4 are 1.4- to 3.3-fold more cytotoxic than the parent compound against three human tumor(More)
Several recently discovered marine products have remarkable in vitro and in vivo anticancer profiles against a wide range of tumor cell lines. Some of these compounds are currently in clinical trials. These compounds show complex structures and mechanisms of action of interest. Herein, we describe the preparation of a series of totally synthetic molecules(More)
Trabectedin (YONDELIS) is a potent anticancer agent which was recently approved in Europe for the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma. The drug is currently also in clinical development for the treatment of ovarian carcinoma. In vitro experiments were conducted to investigate the hepatic metabolism of [(14)C]trabectedin in Cynomolgus monkey and human liver(More)
Herein is reported the design and synthesis of poly(ethylene glycol) derivatives of Lamellarin D with the aim of modulating their physicochemical properties and improving the biological activity. Mono-, di-, and tri-PEG conjugates with improved solubility were obtained in 18-57% overall yields from the corresponding partially protected phenolic derivatives(More)
The marine alkaloid lamellarin D (LAM-D) has been recently characterized as a potent poison of human topoisomerase I endowed with remarkable cytotoxic activities against tumor cells. We report here the first structure-activity relationship study in the LAM-D series. Two groups of triester compounds incorporating various substituents on the three phenolic OH(More)