Publications by authors named "Travis M Williams"

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Synthesis, anti-proliferative activity, SAR study, and preliminary in vivo toxicity study of substituted N,N'-bis(arylmethyl)benzimidazolium salts against a panel of non-small cell lung cancer cell lines.

Bioorg Med Chem 2017 01 5;25(1):421-439. Epub 2016 Nov 5.

Department of Chemistry, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-3601, USA. Electronic address:

A series of N,N'-bis(arylmethyl)benzimidazolium salts have been synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro anti-cancer activity against select non-small cell lung cancer cell lines to create a structure activity relationship profile. The results indicate that hydrophobic substituents on the salts increase the overall anti-proliferative activity. Our data confirms that naphthylmethyl substituents at the nitrogen atoms (N(N)) and highly lipophilic substituents at the carbon atoms (C and C(C)) can generate benzimidazolium salts with anti-proliferative activity that is comparable to that of cisplatin. The National Cancer Institute's Developmental Therapeutics Program tested 1, 3-5, 10, 11, 13-18, 20-25, and 28-30 in their 60 human tumor cell line screen. Results were supportive of data observed in our lab. Compounds with hydrophobic substituents have higher anti-cancer activity than compounds with hydrophilic substituents.
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