New 3,4,5-trisubstituted isoxazole derivatives with potential biological properties

Carlos Bustos, Elies Molins, Juan Guillermo Cárcamo, Marcelo N. Aguilar, Christian Sánchez, Ignacio Moreno-Villoslada, Hiroyuki Nishide, Angela Mesías-Salazar, Ximena Zarate, Eduardo Schott*

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    Synthesis of (E)-3,5-dimethyl-4-(R-phenyldiazenyl)isoxazoles was carried out by reacting β-diketohydrazones (R-C<inf>6</inf>H<inf>4</inf>-NHNC(COCH<inf>3</inf>)<inf>2</inf>) with hydroxylammonium chloride, where R = 4-N(CH<inf>3</inf>)<inf>2</inf>(1), 4-OH(2), 4-CH<inf>3</inf>(3), 4-OCH<inf>3</inf>(4), 4-H(5), 4-Cl(6) 4-Br(7), 4-CO<inf>2</inf>H(8), 4-CO<inf>2</inf>CH<inf>2</inf>CH<inf>3</inf>(9), 4-COCH<inf>3</inf>(10), 4-CN(11), 4-NO<inf>2</inf>(12), 4-CH<inf>2</inf>CO<inf>2</inf>CH<inf>2</inf>CH<inf>3</inf>(13), 3-Cl(14), 2-OH(15), 2-Cl(16), 2-NO<inf>2</inf>(17), 2-CO<inf>2</inf>H(18). All compounds were characterized by EA and spectroscopic methods. The crystalline structure of two of the compounds, (7) and (17), were solved by the X-ray diffraction method. DFT and TDDFT computations were performed in order to characterize the molecular geometry and the molecular orbitals involved in the transitions. Besides, a biological activity study was performed to evaluate the toxicity of the compounds towards human promyelocytic leukemia cell line, HL-60, using the MTT reduction method. The IC<inf>50</inf> values are in a wide concentration range, 86-755 μM. Isoxazoles (3) and (6) were the most cytotoxic. Expression analysis in HL-60 cells was carried out with compounds (3) and (6) by RT-PCR, in order to determine the effect on the expression levels of mRNA that codify for the genes Bcl-2, Bax and p21<sup>WAF-1</sup>. Isoxazole (3) induced a decrease in the expression of Bcl-2, whereas isoxazole (6) showed an opposite behaviour. However, these isoxazoles had no effect on mRNA levels of Bax. On the other hand, both isoxazoles increased the levels of p21<sup>WAF-1</sup>. These results suggest that the cytotoxic activity of isoxazole (3) would be the sum of effects triggered by promotion of apoptosis and cell cycle arrest, whereas for isoxazole (6) it would be mainly through cell cycle arrest.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4295-4307
    Number of pages13
    JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Catalysis
    • Materials Chemistry


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