Conjugates of 17-substituted testosterone and epitestosterone with pyropheophorbide a differing in the length of linkers

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Abstract

Conjugates of 17α-substituted testosterone (1 and 2) and 17β-substituted epitestosterone (3 and 4) with pyropheophorbide a were synthesized. The scheme consisted of synthesis of 17α-hydroxy-3-oxopregn-4-en-21-oic and 17β-hydroxy-3-oxopregn-4-en-21-oic acids, and their coupling with pyropheophorbide a by means of either ethylene diamine, or 1,5-diamino pentane linkers. Mutual influence of steroidal and macrocyclic fragments in conjugates molecules was dependent on configuration of C17 and length of linker, that was established by analysis of 1H NMR spectra and molecular models of conjugates. Studies of interaction of conjugates with prostate carcinoma cells revealed that their uptake and internalization were independent on the androgen receptor activity, but dependent on the structure of conjugates, decreasing in the following row: 3 > 4 ≥ 1 > 2. Conjugates significantly decreased the LNCaP and PC-3 cells growth at 96 h incubation. Epitestosterone derivatives 3 and 4 also showed superior anti-proliferative activity versus testosterone ones. Conformationally more rigid conjugates 1 and 3, comprising short linkers, were more active than those with long linkers; conjugate 3 was the most potent.

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