Structure-dependent inhibition of bladder and pancreatic cancer cell growth by 2-substituted glycyrrhetinic and ursolic acid derivatives. Academic Article uri icon


  • Derivatives of oleanolic acid, ursolic acid and glycyrrhetinic acid substituted with electron-withdrawing groups at the 2-position in the A-ring which also contains a 1-en-3-one structure are potent inhibitors of cancer cell growth. In this study, we have compared the effects of several 2-substituted analogs of triterpenoid acid methyl esters derived from ursolic and glycyrrhetinic acid on proliferation of KU7 and 253JB-V bladder and Panc-1 and Panc-28 pancreatic cancer cells. The results show that the 2-cyano and 2-trifluoromethyl derivatives were the most active compounds. The glycyrrhetinic acid derivatives with the rearranged C-ring containing the 9(11)-en-12-one structure were generally more active than the corresponding 12-en-11-one isomers. However, differences in growth inhibitory IC(50) values were highly variable and dependent on the 2-substituent (CN vs CF(3)) and cancer cell context.

published proceedings

  • Bioorg Med Chem Lett

altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • Chadalapaka, G., Jutooru, I., McAlees, A., Stefanac, T., & Safe, S.

citation count

  • 81

complete list of authors

  • Chadalapaka, Gayathri||Jutooru, Indira||McAlees, Alan||Stefanac, Tom||Safe, Stephen

publication date

  • April 2008