The natural products moracins O and P exhibited potent in vitro inhibitory activity against hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF-1), which is a key mediator during adaptation of cancer cells to tumour hypoxia. Systematic variations of the structures of benzofuran type moracins were made and structure-activity relationship analysis showed the importance of the 2-arylbenzofuran ring and the (R)-configuration of the core scaffold. Further evaluation of the representative compound 5 showed its inhibitory effect on HIF-1α protein accumulation and target gene expression under hypoxia.
- Structure-activity relationships
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry