Synthesis and biological evaluation of new camptothecin derivatives obtained by modification of position 20
The preparation and biological evaluation of a novel series of dimeric camptothecin derivatives are described. All the new compounds showed a significant ability to inhibit human tumor cell growth with IC50 values ranging from 0.03 to 12.2 ?M. The interference with the activity of the nuclear enzymes topoisomerases has been demonstrated, highlighting the poison effect of one of the obtained byproducts toward topoisomerase I. A moderate antiangiogenic activity has been demonstrated for one of the obtained compounds. Moreover, the effects of four new compounds on caspases activity and ROS generation have been studied on transgenic mouse cell.