Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 11–17 | Cite as

Synthesis and Antiproliferative Activity of Natural and Non-Natural Polymethoxychalcones and Polymethoxyflavones

  • Kingsadingthongkham Vongdeth
  • Peipei Han
  • Wei Li
  • Qiu-An WangEmail author

Two series of polymethoxychalcones and polymethoxyflavones, including the natural products 2′-hydroxy-3,4,5,4′,6′-pentamethoxychalcone (8c), 5,6,7,8,3′,4′,5′-heptamethoxyflavone (6), 5,7,3′,4′,5′-pentamethoxyflavone (9c), 3-hydroxy-5,6,7,8,3′,4′,5′-heptamethoxyflavone (7), and 3-hydroxy-5,7,3′,4′,5′-pentamethoxyflavone (10), were synthesized. The antiproliferative activity in vitro was evaluated against a panel of three human cancer cell lines (HeLa, HCC1954, and SK-OV-3) by the cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) assay. The results showed that most of the synthetic compounds exhibited moderate to potent antiproliferative activities. Some compounds displayed equal or higher potential than the positive control drug cisplatin. In particular, compounds 4c, 4e, 8a, and 9a possess IC50 values equal to or below 10 μM and are worthy of further investigation.


polymethoxychalcone polymethoxyflavone synthesis antiproliferative activity 



We thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. J1210040, 21173074) for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kingsadingthongkham Vongdeth
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peipei Han
    • 1
  • Wei Li
    • 1
  • Qiu-An Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringHunan UniversityChangshaP. R. China
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural SciencesNational University of LaosVientiane CapitalLao PDR

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