Discovery of the Antitumor Effects of a Porphyrazine Diol (Pz 285) in MDA-MB-231 Breast Tumor Xenograft Models in Mice. Academic Article uri icon


  • A series of porphyrazines (Pzs) with chiral bis-acetal moieties in the β-pyrrole positions ((2R,3R)-2,3-dimethyl-2,3-dimethoxy-1,4-diox-2-ene) have been synthesized and screened as antitumor agents in MDA-MB-231 breast tumor cells in vitro. The lead Pz 285 was further tested in a mouse tumor xenograft model with Td-tomato-luc2 fluorescent breast tumor cells (MDA-MB-231 LM24 Her2+) that are highly metastatic to the lungs. Pz 285 shows marked antitumor effects in vivo, with treated mice exhibiting longer median survival that we attribute to smaller primary tumor regrowth after resection and less occurrence of metastasis when compared to vehicle control groups. Pz 285 is further compared to the clinically approved chemotherapeutic doxorubicin (Dox). This report lays the groundwork for development of an understudied class of compounds for classical chemotherapy.

published proceedings

  • ACS Med Chem Lett

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Kandela, I. K., McAuliffe, K. J., Cochran, L. E., Barrett, A., Hoffman, B. M., Mazar, A. P., & Trivedi, E. R.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Kandela, Irawati K||McAuliffe, Katherine J||Cochran, Lauren E||Barrett, Anthony GM||Hoffman, Brian M||Mazar, Andrew P||Trivedi, Evan R

publication date

  • July 2017