Synthesis and cytotoxic activity of carboxamide derivatives of benzo[b][1,6]naphthyridin-(5H)ones Academic Article uri icon


  • A previous reaction leading to 2-substituted 6-methyl-1-oxo-1,2-dihydrobenzo[b][1,6]naphthyridine-4-carboxylic acids has been extended to encompass a broad range of 2-substituents. Derived carboxamides, particularly 4-N-[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl], were tested for growth inhibitory properties. Potent cytotoxicity against murine P388 leukemia and Lewis lung carcinoma (LLTC) was retained for compounds bearing a remarkably diverse range of 2-substituents with a number having IC50 values <10 nM. Five of the new compounds were tested in vivo against subcutaneous colon 38 tumors in mice; a single dose (1.8 mg/kg) proved curative for the 2-(4-fluorophenyl) derivative, a further increase in potency over the very effective 2-methyl analogue reported previously.


  • Deady, Leslie W
  • Rogers, Michael L
  • Zhuang, Li
  • Baguley, Bruce C
  • Denny, William A

publication date

  • February 2005