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Size does matter. Sterically demanding metallocene-substituted 3-methylidene-oxindoles exhibit poor kinase inhibitory action

By John Spencer, Jahangir Amin, Peter Coxhead, John McGeehan, Christopher J. Richards, Graham J. Tizzard, Simon J. Coles, John P. Bingham, John A. Hartley, Li Feng, Eric Meggers and Matthew Guille


1,3-Dihydro-2H-indol-2-one (1) undergoes microwave-mediated Knoevenagel condensations with 1,2,3,4,5-pentaphenylferrocene carboxaldehyde (2b) or (η4-tetraphenylcyclobutadiene)(η5-cyclopentadienylcarboxaldehyde)cobalt (2c) to afford metallocene-substituted 3-methylidene-1,3-dihydro-2H-indol-2-one 4 or 5, respectively, in excellent yields as separable E,Z-stereoisomeric mixtures. Both 4 and 5 exhibited poor kinase inhibition and no appreciable cytotoxicity toward a leukemia cell line, attributed to the steric bulk of the metallocene substituents

Topics: RM
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1021/om200278j
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