Synthesis and in vitro antitumor evaluation of betulin acid ester derivatives as novel apoptosis inducers.

Nineteen betulin derivatives modified at the C-3 and C-28 positions were synthesized and assessed for antitumor activities against the MGC-803, PC3, Bcap-37, A375, and MCF-7 human cancer cell lines in vitro by MTT assay. Some derivatives (compounds 3a-3d and 5) displayed strong antitumor properties, with IC50 values between 4 and 18 μM. Compound 3c… CONTINUE READING