Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly

, Volume 146, Issue 10, pp 1699–1705 | Cite as

Synthesis and biological evaluation of 1,3,4-oxadiazole-linked bisindole derivatives as anticancer agents

  • Islavathu Hatti
  • Reddymasu Sreenivasulu
  • Surender Singh JadavEmail author
  • Mohamed Jawed AhsanEmail author
  • Rudraraju Ramesh RajuEmail author
Original Paper


A series of ten 1,3,4-oxadiazole-linked bisindole derivatives have been synthesized. All compounds were evaluated for anticancer activity against four human cancer cell lines (MCF-7, KB, Colo-205, and A-549). Most of these new compounds exhibited significant anticancer activity as compared to etoposide. Compounds’ GI50 values range from <0.1 to 3.9 μM, while the positive control etoposide has a GI50 in the range of 0.13–3.08 μM in the cell lines employed. Among them, four compounds showed a higher activity than etoposide.

Graphical abstract


Nortopsentins A-C Hamacanthin B Zibotentan (ZD4054) Bisindoles 1,3,4-Oxadiazoles Cytotoxicity 



We are grateful to CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad, for providing analytical facilities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryAcharya Nagarjuna UniversityNagarjuna NagarIndia
  2. 2.Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and TechnologyBirla Institute of TechnologyRanchiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Pharmaceutical ChemistryMaharishi Arvind College of PharmacyJaipurIndia

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