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Rodriguez-Aristegui S.,Northumbria University | Clapham K.M.,Northumbria University | Barrett L.,Northumbria University | Cano C.,Northumbria University | And 7 more authors.
Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry | Year: 2011

Amino-substituted biphenyls were obtained by Suzuki cross-coupling of 2,6-dibromoaniline with a phenylboronic acid (substituted with Me, NO 2, OH, OMe or Cl) preferably assisted by microwave irradiation. Conversion of the amino group into a thiol preceded a base-induced intramolecular substitution, also facilitated by microwave heating, to generate the second C-S bond of the target dibenzothiophene. The 1-, 2-, 3- or 4-substituted 6-halodibenzothiophenes obtained were subjected to a palladium-mediated coupling with 2-morpholin-4-yl-8-(4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-1,3,2- dioxaborolan-2-yl)-4H-chromen-4-one to give the respective 6-, 7-, 8- or 9-substituted dibenzothiophen-4-ylchromenones. These compounds were evaluated as inhibitors of DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) and compared to the parent 8-(dibenzo[b,d]thiophen-4-yl)-2-morpholin-4-yl-4H-chromen-4-one. Notably, derivatives bearing hydroxy or methoxy substituents at C-8 or C-9 retained activity, whereas substitution at C-7 lowered activity. Substitution with chloro at C-6 was not detrimental to activity, but a chloro group at C-7 or C-8 reduced potency. The data indicate permissive elaboration of hydroxyl at C-8 or C-9, enabling the possibility of improved pharmaceutical properties, whilst retaining potency against DNA-PK. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Source

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