Synthesis of (Z)-3-((5-(benzylthio)-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)imino)-5-haloindolin-2-one derivatives: combined spectroscopic and computational investigations on the level and activity of matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 in cancer cell lines


Angiogenesis is an essential factor for cancer progression. Although more attention is paid in angiogenesis on its role in cancer biology, many other non-neoplastic diseases are also angiogenic-dependent. Recently, there is motivation to control cancer via inhibition of angiogenesis. Isatin-based scaffolds have been extensively used as anticancer agents in the recent years. Although some biological properties of isatin-based scaffolds are determined, their effects on angiogenesis are rare. So, we investigated the antiangiogenic effects of isatin-1,2,4-triazole conjugates. (Z)-3-((5-(benzylthio)-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)imino)-5-haloindolin-2-one macromolecules 1a1l were synthesized and characterized, and the buffered solutions were used for evaluation of their cytotoxicity (cell viability) by MTT assay in vitro against U87MG (human glioblastoma astrocytoma) and A2780 (human ovarian carcinoma) cancer cell lines. Also, the effects of the compounds 1a1l on supernatants activities and levels of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP-2 and MMP-9) were assayed using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and gelatin zymography. The compounds 1j1l have the greatest cytotoxicity against studied cell lines. Moreover, our observations indicated that 1j1l decreased the supernatants activity of MMP-2 and MMP-9 more than the others and all of the tested compounds considerably decreased the supernatant levels of MMP-9. The molecular mechanism of 1j binding to MMP-2 and MMP-9 was investigated by fluorescence quenching, absorption spectroscopy, FT-IR, molecular docking and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation procedures.

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We gratefully acknowledge Vice Chancellery for Research and Technology, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, for financial support (Grant No. 94071). This article resulted from the Pharm. D thesis of Mahdi Rahpeyma, Major of Pharmacy, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran.

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Kiani, A., Shahlaei, M., Rahpeyma, M. et al. Synthesis of (Z)-3-((5-(benzylthio)-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)imino)-5-haloindolin-2-one derivatives: combined spectroscopic and computational investigations on the level and activity of matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 in cancer cell lines. J IRAN CHEM SOC (2021).

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  • Isatin
  • 1,2,4-Triazole
  • Matrix metalloproteinases
  • Cytotoxic
  • Computational