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Biological activity of intervenolin analogs with a phenyl substituent

  • The Journal of Antibiotics volume 71, pages 8690 (2018)
  • doi:10.1038/ja.2017.123
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Intervenolin analogs with a phenyl substituent at the 2- or 3-position were synthesized. The compounds (311) showed weak or no inhibitory activity toward the growth of MKN-74 gastric adenocarcinoma cells, even in the presence or absence of the corresponding Hs738 stromal cells, whereas 2-substituted analogs exhibited selective anti-Helicobacter pylori activity. Introduction of a pendant side chain on the nitrogen alleviated their acute toxicity in mice. The 2-phenyl-substituted analogs are reasonable structural templates for structure–activity relationship studies toward the development of anti-H. pylori agents that do not affect human cells.

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MK, HA and TW are grateful to the Japan Agency for Medical Research and development (AMED) (the Project for Cancer Research And Therapeutic Evolution (P-CREATE)) for financial support. We thank Dr Ryuichi Sawa, Ms Yumiko Kubota, Dr Kiyoko Iijima and Ms Yuko Takahashi (BIKAKEN) for spectroscopic analysis.

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  1. Institute of Microbial Chemistry (BIKAKEN), Tokyo, Japan

    • Hikaru Abe
    • , Manabu Kawada
    • , Masayuki Igarashi
    • , Chigusa Hayashi
    • , Chiharu Sakashita
    • , Takumi Watanabe
    •  & Masakatsu Shibasaki
  2. Institute of Microbial Chemistry (BIKAKEN), Shizuoka, Japan

    • Manabu Kawada
    •  & Shun-ichi Ohba


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