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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013, Article ID 239354, 14 pages
Research Article

Synthesis, Characterisation, and In Vitro Anticancer Activity of Curcumin Analogues Bearing Pyrazole/Pyrimidine Ring Targeting EGFR Tyrosine Kinase

1Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Maharishi Arvind College of Pharmacy, Ambabari, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302 023, India
2Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Alwar Pharmacy College, Alwar, Rajasthan 301 030, India
3Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand 835 215, India

Received 24 April 2013; Revised 20 July 2013; Accepted 23 July 2013

Academic Editor: Vickram Ramkumar

Copyright © 2013 Mohamed Jawed Ahsan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In search of potential therapeutics for cancer, we described herein the synthesis, characterization, and in vitro anticancer activity of a novel series of curcumin analogues. The anticancer effects were evaluated on a panel of 60 cell lines, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) screening protocol. There were 10 tested compounds among 14 synthesized compounds, which showed potent anticancer activity in both one-dose and 5-dose assays. The most active compound of the series was 3,5-bis(4-hydroxy-3-methylstyryl)-1H-pyrazole-1-yl(phenyl)methanone (10) which showed mean growth percent of −28.71 in one-dose assay and GI50 values between 0.0079 and 1.86 µM in 5-dose assay.