Three methylated quercetins and a series of O-3 substituted 5,7,3′,4′-tetra-O-methylated quercetin derivatives have been synthesized and evaluated on the modulating activity of P-gp, BCRP and MRP1 in cancer cell lines. Compound 17 (with a 2-((4-methoxybenzoyl)oxy)ethyl at O-3) is the most potent P-gp modulator. Three derivatives, compound 9 (3,7,3′,4′-tetra-O-methylated quercetin), compound 14 (with a 2-((3-oxo-3-(3,4,5trimethoxyphenyl)prop-1-en-1-yl)oxy)ethyl at O-3) and compound 17, consistently exhibited promising BCRP-modulating activity. Interestingly, compound 17 was found to be equipotent against both P-gp and BCRP. Importantly, these synthetic quercetin derivatives did not exhibit any inherent cytotoxicity to cancer cell lines or normal mouse fibroblast cell lines. These quercetin derivatives can be employed as safe and effective modulators of P-gp- or BCRP-mediated drug resistance in cancer.
- Methylated quercetin derivatives
- Multidrug resistance (MDR)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry