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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 154-163

Synthesis and cytotoxic effect of a few N-heteroaryl enamino amides and dihydropyrimidinethiones on AGS and MCF-7 human cancer cell lines

1 1Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences; Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Pharmacy, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, I.R. Iran
2 Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Pharmacy, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, I.R. Iran
3 Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, I.R. Iran

Date of Submission16-Sep-2019
Date of Decision27-Dec-2019
Date of Acceptance28-Apr-2020
Date of Web Publication11-May-2020

Correspondence Address:
Nima Razzaghi-Asl
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil
I.R. Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1735-5362.283815

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Background and purpose: Cancer prevalence has increased in the last century posing psychological, social, and economic consequences. Chemotherapy uses chemical molecules to control cancer. New studies have shown that dihydropyrimidinethione (DHPMT) derivatives have the potential of being developed into anticancer agents.
Experimental approach: New derivatives of DHPMTs and a few acyclic bioisosters were synthesized via Biginelli reaction and assessed for their toxicity against gastric (AGS) and breast cancer (MCF-7) cell lines through MTT method.
Findings / Results: Chemical structures of all synthesized N-heteroaryl enamino amides and DHPMTs were confirmed by spectroscopic methods. Result of biological assessment exhibited that none of the tested agents was more cytotoxic than cis-platin against AGS and MCF-7 cell lines and compound 2b was the most cytotoxic agent against AGS (IC50 41.10 μM) and MCF-7 (IC50 75.69 μM). Cytotoxic data were mostly correlated with the number of H-bond donors within gastric and breast cancer cells.
Conclusion and implications: It was realized that DHPMTs were able to inhibit the growth of cancer cells much better than acyclic enamino amides and moreover;N-(4-methylbenzothiazol-2-yl) DHPMT derivative (2b) supposed possible interaction with a poor electron site of target due to the lipophilic nature of benzothiazole ring and also less electron rich nature than isoxazole. Similar scenario was observed with acyclic enamino amides in which incorporation of sulfur and nitrogen containing heterocycles doubled the cytotoxic effects. Results of the present contribution might assist in extending the scope of DHPMTs as privileged medicinal scaffolds.

Keywords: Cancer; Cytotoxicity; Dihydropyrimidinethione; Enamino amide; MTT.

How to cite this article:
Tavangar S, Bohlooli S, Razzaghi-Asl N. Synthesis and cytotoxic effect of a few N-heteroaryl enamino amides and dihydropyrimidinethiones on AGS and MCF-7 human cancer cell lines. Res Pharma Sci 2020;15:154-63

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Tavangar S, Bohlooli S, Razzaghi-Asl N. Synthesis and cytotoxic effect of a few N-heteroaryl enamino amides and dihydropyrimidinethiones on AGS and MCF-7 human cancer cell lines. Res Pharma Sci [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 10];15:154-63. Available from: http://www.rpsjournal.net/text.asp?2020/15/2/154/283815

  Introduction Top

Cancer is the largest family of non- infectious diseases. There is a common point in all types of this disease, which is the high and non-controllable multiplicationof certain cells in the patient’s body.

The causes of cancer are very diverse and widespread. It has been revealed that 90-95% of cancers are the result of genetic mutations caused by environmental or lifestyle factors and the remaining 5 to 10 percent are due to heredity [1].

Environmental factors include lifestyle, economics, behavior, and the living environment.

In a smaller perspective, these factors include chemicals and outside factors (2530%), obesity (30-35%), infections (15-20%), and radiation (15-20%) [2].

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) on September 12, 2018, there were 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million deaths due to cancer worldwide this year. Starting from September 12, 2013 to September 12, 2018, there were 43.8 million deaths recorded due to cancer worldwide. These statistics indicate the high importance of cancer in death rates [3]. In the light of the high prevalence of the disease, its treatment or control is a key priority [4].

Heterocycles are privileged structures in biochemical processes since their chemical structure is present in important biological compounds and living cells. Among the heterocyclic compounds existing in nature, nitrogen-containing ones are more important than others due to their distribution in nucleic acids, amino acids, and also their interference in the physiological processes of plants and animals. Recent studies have shown that N- heteroaryl derivatives can be effective in control of cancer [5],[6]. Enamino amide scaffolds were demonstrated to kill cancer cells, which have significant cytotoxic effects on prostate PC-3, colon HT-29, and breast MDA- MB-231 cell lines [7].

Dihydropyrimidine derivatives (DHPMs) are present in many compounds such as organic bases, coenzymes, vitamins, and uric acid. Therefore, they possess many properties. Studies have shown that the derivatives of these compounds exhibit antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anticancer, antimalaria, and antihypertensive effects [8],[9],[10],[11],[12],[13]. Many anticancer antimetabolites such as 5- fluorouracil, camphor, cytarabine, and gemcitabine bear a pyrimidine core and they arestill used in some countries as a common treatment protocols [14]. Moreover, several studies indicated DHPM compounds with heterocyclic rings inhibit the growth of cancer cell lines [15],[16].

With the aim of achieving more diverse structural patterns with the potential for selective cytotoxic effects on cancer cells, this project was contributed to the synthesis and structural determination of a number of N- heteroaryl enamino amides and dihydropyrimidinethiones (DHPMTs) with different heteroaryl substituents via a cost- effective method and their subsequent cytotoxicity assessment against AGS and MCF- 7 cancer cells by MTT calorimetric assay [17].

  Materials and Methods Top


All materials and reagents were purchased from Merck (Germany) and Aldrich (India) Companies and used without further purification. Melting points (MP) were determined using an Electro thermal type 9200 MP apparatus (England) and uncorrected. Infra-Red (IR) spectra were recorded on a Perkin Elmer-400 FT-IR spectrophotometer (England) while proton nuclear magnetic resonance ([1]H-NMR) spectra were obtained on a Bruker DRX400 spectrometer (400 MHz) were recorded on an Agilent 7890Aspectrometer.

Typical procedure for the synthesis of N- heteroaryl enamino amide derivatives

For synthesis of enamino amide derivatives, first the P-ketoamide intermediates were synthesized by dissolving 4 mmol of corresponding aromatic amine in a minimum amount of xylene. After obtaining a clear solution, 5 mmol of 2, 2, 6-trimethyl-1,3-dioxin- 4-one was added and the solution was refluxed (4 to 24 h). The precipitate was filtered and washed twice with petroleum ether (2 ˣ 3 mL). Obtained products were further purified via recrystallization with cold ethanol and dried indesiccator for one day. Structures of obtained P- ketoamide intermediates were confirmed by thin layer chromatography (TLC) and MPs [18].

In the second phase of the synthesis, the enamino amides were prepared from P- ketoamide intermediates via adding 4 mmol of P-ketoamide to 4 mmol of 4-methylbenzyl amine in ethanol or isopropyl alcohol and refluxing for 24 h till formation of the precipitate. The precipitate was filtered and washed twice with appropriate solvent (2 ˣ 3 mL). Obtained products were dried in desiccator for one day. Structural identification of the synthesized derivatives was performed through MP, TLC, [1]H-NMR, mass spectrometry (MS), and infrared (IR).

Typical procedure for the synthesis of DHPMTs

In order to synthesize the DHPMT derivatives, to a solution of 1.2 mmol P-ketoamide, 1.3 mmol thiourea, 0.4-0.5 mmol CoSO4 in 5 mL ethanol, and 1 mmol benzaldehyde were added. The resulting mixture was refluxed for 24 h. Following reflux, the heater was switched off and after achieving room temperature, some water and ice (deionized water) were added to the flask in order to remove the remaining reactants. After this step, the contents of the flasks were washed with plenty of cold water andthe reaction progress was analyzed by TLC and MP [19].

Biological assessment

Reagents and chemicals

RPMI 1640, fetal bovine serum (FBS), trypsin, and phosphate buffered saline (PBS) were purchased from Biosera (Ringmer, UK). 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)- 2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) was obtained from Sigma (Saint Louis, MO, USA) and penicillin/streptomycin was purchased from Invitrogen (San Diego, CA, USA). Cisplatin and dimethyl sulphoxide were obtained from EBEWE Pharma (Unterach, Austria) and Merck (Darmstadt, Germany), respectively.

Cell lines

MCF-7 (human breast adenocarcinoma) and AGS (human gastric cancer) cells were obtained from the National Cell Bank of Iran, Pasteur Institute, Tehran, I.R. Iran. Allcell lines were maintained in RPMI 1640 supplemented with 10% FBS, and 100 units/mL penicillin-G and 100 |g/mL streptomycin. Cells were grown in monolayer cultures.

Cytotoxic effect

Cell viability following exposure to the synthetic compounds was estimated using MTT reduction assay. Cells were plated in 96-well microplates at a density of 1ˣ 10[4] cells per well (200 μL per well). Control wells contained no drugs and blank wells contained only growth medium for background correction. After cell attachment, the medium was removed, and cells were incubated with a serum-free medium containing 1 mg/mL of the synthetic compounds by 1/4 serial dilutions. Compounds were all first dissolved in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and then diluted in medium, therefore the maximum concentration of DMSO in the wells did not exceed 0.5%. Cells were further incubated for 24 h. At the end of the incubation time, the medium was removed and MTT solution was added to each well at a final concentration of 0.5 mg/mL and plates were incubated for another 4 h at 37 °C. Then formazan crystals were solubilized in 200 μL DMSO. The optical density was measured at 570 nm with background correction at 655 nm using a Bio-Rad microplate reader (Model 680, USA). The percentage of inhibition of viability compared to control wells was calculated for each concentration of the compound and IC50 values were calculated with SigmaPlot version 12.5. The absorbance of wells containing no cells was subtracted from sample well absorbance before calculating the percentage of inhibition. Each experiment was carried out in triplicate.

  Results Top


Chemical structures of all synthesized N-heteroaryl enamino amides and DHPMTs were confirmed by spectroscopic methods.

3- (( 4- Methylbenzyl) amino) - N - (5- methyl- isoxazol-3-yl)but-2-enamide (1a)

White crystal, MP: 173-175 °C; IR (KBr) Vmax (cm[-1]): 3236, 3146, 3052, 1653, 1618, 1597; [1]H-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO-d6) 5 (ppm) 10.01 (1H, brs, NH-amide), 9.41 (1H, t, J = 6 Hz, NH-enamine), 7.17 (4H, brs, CH-phenyl), 6.60 (1H, s, C4’H-isoxazole), 4.65 (1H, s, CH- alkene), 4.38 (2H, d, J = 6 Hz, CH2-benzyl), 2.30 (3H, s, 5’-CH3-isoxazole), 2.28 (3H, s, Ph- CH3), 1.88 (3H, s, CH3); MS m/z (%): 285 (13) [M+], 242 (7), 159 (25), 105 (100), 77 [19].

3- ((4 -Methylbenzyl)amino) -N- (thiazole-2-yl) but-2-enamide (2a)

Yellow crystal, MP: 191-193 °C; IR (KBr) Vmax (cm[-1]): 3204, 3007, 2917, 1643, 1582, 1540; [1]H-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO-d6) 5 (ppm) 11.27 (1H,brs, NH-amide), 9.34 (1H, t, J = 6 Hz, NH- enamine), 7.35 (1H, d, J = 3.6 Hz, C4’H-thiazole), 7.17 (4H, brs, CH-phenyl), 7.00 (1H, d, J = 3.6 Hz, C5’H-thiazole), 4.73 (1H, s, CH-alkene), 4.24 (2H, d, J = 6 Hz, CH2-benzyl), 2.28 (3H, s, Ph- CH3), 1.90 (3H, s, CH3).

N-(6-Methoxybenzo [d] thiazole-2-yl)-3-((4- methylbenzyl)amino)but-2-enamide (3a)

White crystal, MP: 173-175 °C; IR (KBr) Vmax (cm[-1]): 3209, 3018, 2921, 1650, 1593, 1549, 1270; [1]H-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO-d6) 5 (ppm) 11.39(1H, brs, NH-amide), 9.40 (1H, t, J = 6 Hz, NH-enamine), 7.51 (1H, d, J = 8.8 Hz, C4’H-benzothiazole), 7.44 (1H, s, C7’H- benzothiazole), 7.19 (4H, brs, CH-phenyl), 6.95 (1H, d, J = 8.8 Hz, C5’H-benzothiazole), 4.75 (1H, s, CH-alkene), 4.44 (2H, d, J = 6 Hz, CH2- benzyl), 3.78 (3H, s, OCH3), 2.29 (3H, s, Ph- CH3), 1.93 (3H, s, CH3); MS m/z (%): 367 (8) [M+], 246 (100), 218 (43), 189 (14), 77(17).

N-(4-Methylbenzo [d] thiazole-2-yl)-3-((4- methylbenzyl)amino)but-2-enamide (4a)

Yellow crystal, MP: 195-197 °C; IR (KBr) Vmax (cm[-1]): 3136, 3023, 2921, 1645, 1589, 1536; [1]H-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO-d6) 5 (ppm) 11.63 (1H,brs, NH-amide), 9.43 (1H, t, J = 6 Hz, NH-enamine), 7.65 (1H, d, J = 7.6 Hz, C7’H-benzothiazole), 7.19 (4H, brs, CH- Phenyl), 7.17 (1H, d, J = 7.2 Hz, C5’H- benzothiazole), 6.95 (1H, t, J = 7.6 Hz, C6’H- benzothiazole), 4.79 (1H, s, CH-alkene), 4.45 (2H, d, J = 6 Hz, CH2-benzyl), 2.52 (3H, s, 4’- CH3-benzothiazole), 2.29 (3H, s, Ph-CH0, 194 (3H, s, CH3); MS m/z (%): 351 (13) [M+], 231 (21), 163 (39), 105 (100), 91 (22), 77(9).

N-(6-Methylbenzo [d] thiazole-2-yl)-3-((4- methylbenzyl)amino)but-2-enamide (5a)

White crystal, MP: 230-232 °C; IR (KBr) Vmax (cm[-1]): 3199, 3041, 2923, 1644, 1595, 1532; [1]H-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO-d6) 5 (ppm) 11.44 (1H, brs, NH-amide), 9.42 (1H, t, J = 6 Hz, NH-enamine), 7.63 (1H, s, C7’H- benzothiazole), 7.49 (1H, d, J = 8 Hz, C4’H- benzothiazole), 7.19 (4H, brs, CH-phenyl), 7.16 (1H, d, J = 8.4 Hz, C5’H-benzothiazole), 4.76 (1H, s, CH-alkene), 4.45 (2H, d, J = 6 Hz, CH2- benzyl), 2.37 (3H, s, 6’-CH3-benzothiazole), 2.29 (3H, s, Ph-CH0, 194 (3H, s, CH3); MS m/z (%): 351 (11) [M+], 231 (19), 146 (9), 105 (100), 77(8).

N- (4-(4 -Bromophenyl) thiazole-2-yl)-3- ((4- methylbenzyl)amino)but-2-enamide (6a)

White crystal, MP: 128-130 °C; IR (KBr) Vmax (cm[-1]): 3349, 3247, 3095, 3015, 2916, 1637, 1592, 1531;[1]H-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO- d6) 5 (ppm) 11.54 (1H, brs, NH-amide), 9.36 (1H, t, J = 6 Hz, NH-enamine), 7.81 (2H, d, J = 6.8 Hz, CH-phenyl), 7.59 (2H, d, J = 6.8 Hz, CH-phenyl), 7.51 (1H, s, C5’H-thiazole), 7.18 (4H, brs, CH-Phenyl), 4.75 (1H, s, CH-alkene), 4.43 (2H, d, J = 6 Hz, CH2-benzyl), 2.28 (3H, s, Ph-CH0, 192 (3H, s, CH3); MS m/z (%): 443 (15) [M+], 349 (15), 334 (68), 105 (100), 81(10).

3- ((4- Methylbenzyl) amino)-N-phenylbut -2- enamide (7a)

White crystal, MP: 135-137 °C; IR (KBr) Vmax (cm[-1]): 3290, 3134, 3018, 2918, 1622, 1592, 1523; [1]H-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO-d6) 5 (ppm) 9.39 (1H, t, J = 6 Hz, NH-enamine), 9.18 (1H, brs, NH-amide), 7.54 (2H, d, J = 7.6 Hz, CH-Phenyl), 7.18-7.22 (6H, m, CH-Phenyl), 6.89 (1H, t, J = 7.6 Hz, CH-Phenyl), 4.60 (1H, s, CH-alkene), 4.37 (2H, d, J = 6 Hz, Cm- benzyl), 2.29 (3H, s, Ph-CH3), 1.89 (3H, s, CH3); MS m/z (%): 281 (13) [M+], 146 (6), 105 (100), 251 (46), 77(9).

6- Methyl -N,4- diphenyl-2- thioxo-1, 2, 3, 4- tetrahydropyrimidine-5-carboxamide (1b)

White crystal, MP: 165-167 °C; IR (KBr) Vmax (cm[-1]): 3486, 3284, 3181, 3060, 3012, 1679, 1630, 1589; [1]H-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO-d6) 5 (ppm)10.11 (1H, brs, NH-amide), 9.84 (1H, brs, N1H), 9.55 (1H, brs, N3H), 7.64 (2H, d, J = 8 Hz, CH-phenyl), 7.33-7.46 (8H, m, CH-phenyl), 5.49 (1H, brs, C4H-DHPM), 2.16 (3H, s, CH3-DHP);MS m/z (%): 323 (74) [M+], 231 (100), 203 (15), 77(28).

6-Methyl-4-phenyl-N-(4-methylbenzothiazol-2- yl)-2-thioxo-1, 2, 3, 4-tetrahydropyrimidine-5- carboxamide (2b)

White crystal, MP: 251-253 °C; IR (KBr) Vmax (cm[-1]): 3413, 3267, 3154, 1678, 1629, 1584; [1]H-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO-d6) 5 (ppm) 12.07 (1H, brs, NH-amide), 10.28 (1H, brs, N1H), 9.70 (1H, brs, N3H), 7.55 (1H, d, J = 3.2 Hz, C4’H-thiazole), 7.45 (3H, t, J = 7.6 Hz, CH- phenyl),7.35 (2H, d, J = 8.4 Hz, CH-phenyl), 7.25 (1H, brs, C5’H-thiazole), 5.66 (1H, brs, C4H-DHPM), 2.25 (3H, s, CH3-DHP); MS m/z (%): 330 (64) [M+], 253 (25), 231 (56), 209 (100), 172 (51), 77(29).

The MPs, molecular weight, and calculated lipophilicity (ClogP) of all synthesized compound are depicted in [Table 1].
Table 1: Synthesized derivatives of N-heteroaryl enamino amide and dihydropyrimidinethiones.

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Biological assessment

Prepared N-heteroaryl enamino amides and DHPMTs were assessed for their cytotoxic activity against two human cancer cell lines (AGS and MCF-7) in terms of IC50 values [Table 2]. As could be seen from the obtained results, none of the tested agents was more cytotoxic than cis-platin for AGS and MCF-7 cell lines. Compound 2b bearing 4- methylbenzothiazol-2-yl moiety at C6 of DHPMT ring was the most cytotoxic agent within both cell lines.
Table 2: Cytotoxic activity of N-heteroaryl enamino amides and dihydropyrimidinethiones assessed by the MTT reduction assay. Data are presented as mean ±SEM, n = 3.

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Correlation of cytotoxic effects with physicochemical parameter

In order to explore the possible correlation of cytotoxic effects to a few physicochemical parameters, linear regression analysis was done for the data driven from AGS and MCF-7 cell lines. As shown in [Figure 1]A, [Figure 1]B, [Figure 1]A, [Figure 1]D, [Figure 1]E, [Figure 1]F cytotoxic data were mostly correlated with the number of H- bond donors within gastric [Figure 1]D and breast [Figure 1]I cancer cells. Such trend might emphasize on the determinant role of polar hydrogens within the cytotoxic agents in AGS and MCF-7 cell lines and also possible presence of H-bond acceptors within the site of actions in cancer cell lines.
Figure 1: Linear Correlation of physicochemical data vs cytotoxic effects against AGS and MCF-7 cells for dihydropyrimidinethiones; (A) MW vs IC50 (μM) against AGS cells (R{2}= 0.05); (B) ClogP vs IC50 (μM) against AGS cells (R{2} = 0.09); (C) No. HBA vs IC50 (μM) against AGS cells (R{2}= 0.23); (D) No. HBD vs IC50 (μM) against AGS cells (R{2} = 0.49); (E) No. RTBs vs IC50 (μM) against AGS cells (R{2} = 0.36); (F) MW vs IC50 (μM) against AGS cells (R{2} = 0.08); (G) ClogP vs IC50 (μM) against AGS cells (R{2} = 0.07); (H) No. HBA vs IC50 (μM) against AGS cells (R{2} = 0.26); (I) No. HBD vs IC50 (μM) against AGS cells (R{2} =0.48); (J) No. RTBs vs IC50 (μM) against AGS cells (R{2} = 0.35). MW; Molecular weight; ClogP, calculated lipophilicity; HBA, hydrogen bond acceptors; HBD, hydrogen bond donors; . RTBs; number of rotatable bonds.

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  Discussion Top

Synthetic routes to compounds (1-7) a and (1-2) b are depicted in Schemes 1 and 2. The mechanism of synthesis first involves nucleophilic attack of thiourea nitrogen to the aldehyde carbonyl group followed by tautomerism, intramolecular nucleophilic attack and water removal to give the imine intermediate. Carbonyl group of 3-oxo butane amide captures proton to produce enol which reacts with imine intermediate to give the second intermediate that will be converted to final DHPMT derivative via cyclization and water removal.

The effect of the acyclic enamino amides were found to be about 50 times weaker than DHPMTs. Among the enamino amides, compound 2a bearing N-(2-thiazolyl) substituent was the superior agent (AGS; IC50 453.14 |M and MCF-7; IC50 761.90 |M). A closer observation of data revealed that addition of a 4-bromophenyl moiety to C4 of thiazole ring (6a) led to i ncrease cytotoxicity on MCF-7 cell line (IC50 487.20 |M).

The relative toxicity of DHPMTs, as mentioned above, is much higher than the enamino amide derivatives. The benzothiazole ring is also found in compound 2b that exhibited the best performance in this project. Thiazole is an electron-rich ring than oxazole suggesting a possible interaction with the poor electron site of the target. Similar results were achieved before [20]. Electron deficiency is in the order of isoxazole > thiazole > benzene. Compound 7a (R = benzene) is less active than 2a (thiazole) whereas benzene is more electron rich. Perhaps, lipophilicity of thiazole helps it to show better effect than oxazole (2a > 1a > 7a). Other studies also suggested a crucial role of thiazole ring in enhancement of cytotoxic effects within colon, liver, breast, and gastric cancer cells [21],[22].

Significant decrease of cytotoxic effect in compound 1a with N-(5-methyl isoxazol-3-yl) substituent indicated an important influence of heterocyclic ring on biological activity. Isoxazole ring is composed of oxygen but not sulfur and hence electron donation effect would be attenuated in comparison with thiazole.

Lower activity of 3a, 4a, and 5a might be probably related to their bulky structure and steric hindrance within the site of action. One exception to this could be seen for compound 6a which includes 4-(4-bromophenyl) thiazole- 2-yl) substituent. Possible rationalization would be the flexibility of 6a around its thiazole ring (in contrast to 3a, 4a, and 5a) which provided desirable accommodation of the compound in the site of action. Similar results could be detected for dihydropyridine compounds in a way that rigid bulky substituents led to attenuated cytotoxic activity against MCF-7 cell lines [17].Moreover; relatively good cytotoxic effects could be seen for rotatable bulky substituents on DHPM ring [23].

Comparing the cytotoxicity of 4a and 5a indicated the effect of isomerism (4-methyl benzothiazole and 6-methyl benzothiazole) on biological activity. It was interestingly observed that 4-methyl derivative had better cytotoxic effect than 6-methyl analogue within both cell lines. A general trend in the cytotoxicity of compounds was that almost all the derivatives were better cytotoxic agents against gastric cell lines.

  Conclusion Top

Cytotoxicity tests showed that the acyclic enamino amide compounds did not have sufficient potency to inhibit AGS and MCF-7 cancer cells, while DHPMTs performed much better than the enamino amides. Results of the study indicated that the toxicity of acyclic enamino amides were weaker than DHPMTs. Additionally, incorporation of non-bulky electron-deficient rings such as thiazole into the nitrogen atom of 5-carboxamide moiety of enamino amide and DHPMTs increases the cytotoxicity against gastric (AGS) and breast (MCF-7) cancer cells (2a>1a>7a), but if the attached rings contain sterically hindered bulky substituents or more electron withdrawing groups such as benzothiazole or isoxazole, the effect would be decreased. This study indicated that DHPMTs and their optimized derivatives could be considered as privileged medicinal scaffolds for inhibiting the growth of gastric and breast cancer cells.

  Acknowledgments Top

This study was financially (Grant No. IR.ARUMS.REC.1397.007) supported by Vice Chacellery of Research of Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, I.R. Iran.

  Conflict of Interest Statment Top

Authors declare that no conflict of interest for this study.

  Authors’ Contribution Top

All authors contributed equally in this work.

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