School of Marine Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai 264209, PR China; Weihai Institute of Marine Biomedical Industrial Technology, Wendeng District, Weihai 264400, PR China. Electronic address: [Email]
Deregulation of receptor tyrosine kinase c-Met has been reported in human cancers and is considered as an attractive target for small molecule drug discovery. In this study, a series of 4-phenoxyquinoline derivatives bearing sulfonylurea moiety were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their c-Met kinase inhibition and cytotoxicity against tested four cell lines in vitro. The pharmacological data indicated that most of the tested compounds showed moderate to significant potency as compared with foretinib, with the most promising compound 13x (c-Met kinase IC50 = 1.98 nM) demonstrated relatively good selectivity versus 10 other tyrosine kinases and remarkable cytotoxicities against HT460, MKN-45, HT-29 and MDA-MB-231 with IC50 values of 0.055 µM, 0.064 µM, 0.16 µM and 0.49 µM, respectively. The preliminary structure activity relationships indicated that a sulfonylurea moiety as linker as well as mono-EGWs (such as R1 = 4-F) on the terminal phenyl rings contributed to the antitumor activity.