Synthesis and biological evaluation of novel taxane terpenoids

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American Chemical Society

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The 227th ACS National Meeting


Paclitaxel, a diterpene natural product from the Pacific Yew tree, Taxus brevifolia, has emerged as a promising chemotherapeutic agent for treating solid tumors. The taxane family is one of the most challenging synthetic targets due to their unique carbon skeleton. We have used a powerful methodology based on [2+2] photocycloaddition of double bonds to excited phenylketones to synthesize the 8-membered taxane B rings. The methodology allows the synthesis of taxanes with variety of substituents. We have tested the biological activity of these taxanes for microtubule polymerization/ depolymerization. The results of the synthetic efforts and biological assays will be presented.

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