Functionalized Spiroindolines with Anticancer Activity through a Metal-Free Post-Ugi Diastereoselective One-Pot Cascade Reaction

Zhi Gang Xu, Shi Qiang Li, Jiang Ping Meng, Dian Yong Tang, Liu Jun He, Jie Lei, Hui Kuan Lin, Hong Yu Li, Zhong Zhu Chen

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A post-Ugi diastereoselective one-pot cascade reaction requiring no metal catalyst was developed. The reaction scope was wide with mild conditions and good yields. A collection of spiroindolines was prepared by the protocol and screening tests in several difficult-to-inhibit cancer cell lines were conducted. The relationship of structure and anticancer activities was promising and in the Huh7 cell lines compound 16 j is more potent than Vinbalstine. The cyclization design strategy could be applicable to other multicomponent reactions (MCRs) for synthesizing bioactive and drug-like heterocycles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6732-6736
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - May 7 2018
Externally publishedYes



  • cyclization reactions
  • multicomponent reactions
  • spiroindolines
  • synthetic methods
  • Ugi reaction

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  • Chemistry(all)

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