2, 3-Diaryl-5-ethylsulfanylmethyltetrahydrofurans as a new class of COX-2 inhibitors and cytotoxic agents.

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2,3-Diaryl-5-ethylsulfanylmethyltetrahydrofuran-3-ols were designed and synthesized by the allylations of benzoins followed by iodocyclization and nucleophilic replacement reactions with ethanthiol. These molecules exhibit IC(50) for COX-2 at <10 nM concentration and exhibit average GI(50) over all the 59 human tumor cell lines at microM concentration. 
DOI: 10.1039/b803608j

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