Medicinal Chemistry Research

, Volume 24, Issue 8, pp 3272–3282 | Cite as

Synthesis of acridine cyclic imide hybrid molecules and their evaluation for anticancer activity

  • Anuj Kumar
  • Nikhil Kumar
  • Partha Roy
  • S. M. Sondhi
  • Anuj SharmaEmail author
Original Research


9-Amino acridine derivatives (1ae) on condensation with dihydrofuran-2,5-dione, hexahydroisobenzofuran-1,3-dione and isochroman-1,3-dione under microwave irradiation gave corresponding condensation products 2ae, 3ae and 4ae, respectively, in good yields. All these compounds were screened in vitro for anticancer activity against five human cancer cell lines, i.e., breast (T47D), lung (NCl H-522), colon (HCT-15), ovary (PA-1) and liver (Hep G2). Compounds 1-(3-methoxyacridine-9-yl) pyrrolidine-2,5-dione (2d) (ovary PA-1), 2-(2-methylacridine-9-yl)hexahydro-1H-isoindole-1,3(2H)-dione (3b) (lung NCl H-522), 2-(4-methylacridine-9-yl)hexahydro-1H-isoindole-1,3(2H)-dione (3c) (ovary PA-1), 2-(4-methoxyacridine-9-yl)hexahydro-1H-isoindole-1,3(2H)-dione (3e) (ovary PA-1) and 2-(2-methylacridine-9-yl)isoquinoline-1,3(2H,4H)-dione (4b) (ovary PA-1) exhibited IC50 values 7.1, 8.0, 5.4, 10.0 and 6.56 µM, respectively, and hence possess good anticancer activity.


Microwave-assisted synthesis Acridine cyclic imide Human cancer cell lines Anticancer 



We are thankful to technical staff of the Chemistry Department, I. I. T. Roorkee, for spectroscopic studies and elemental analysis. Thanks are also due to Head I.I.C. for providing NMR facility. Mr. Anuj Kumar is thankful to MHRD, New Delhi, for financial assistance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anuj Kumar
    • 1
  • Nikhil Kumar
    • 2
  • Partha Roy
    • 2
  • S. M. Sondhi
    • 1
  • Anuj Sharma
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryIndian Institute of Technology-RoorkeeRoorkeeIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyIndian Institute of Technology-RoorkeeRoorkeeIndia

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