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A method of treating cancer with a pharmaceutical composition containing a pine root (Deutero Mycetes) fungal metabolite or an analog or derivative thereof.


Agent Fish & Richardson, P.C.
Application No. US-35232099-A
Filing Date 12.07.1999
Primary Class A61K 31/21
Primary Examiner Goldberg Jerome D.;
Search results 602,000



This is a continuation application of Ser. No. 08/674,829 filed on Jul. 3, 1996 now U.S. Pat. No. 5,932,613.


A. Abbreviations

AIBN, 2,2′-azobis(isobutyronitrile); DCC, dicyclohexylcarbodiimide; DMAP, dimethylaminopyridine; HOBT, 1-hydroxybenzotriazole hydrate; PMB, p-methoxybenzyl; DMF, dimethylformamide; MS, methanesulfonyl; Tf, trifluoromethanesulfonyl; and Perkin (AIBN, RSH).

B. Terms

Acetogenins are naturally derived from polyketones having a β-dicarbonyl structure. Examples of acetogenins which contain at least one hydroxyl group include chrysin, protocoin, emodin, atrovenetin, visamminol, alternariol, and α-sorigenin.

An alkyl group is a branched or unbranched hydrocarbon that may be substituted or unsubstituted. Examples of branched alkyl groups include isopropyl, sec-butyl, isobutyl, tert-butyl, sec-pentyl, isopentyl, tert-pentyl, isohexyl. Substituted alkyl groups may have one, two, three or more substituents, which may be the same or different, each replacing a hydrogen atom. Substituents are halogen (e.g., F, Cl, Br, and I), hydroxyl, protected hydroxyl, amino, protected amino, carboxy, protected carboxy, cyano, methylsulfonylamino, alkoxy, acyloxy, nitro, and lower haloalkyl. Similarly, cycloalkyl, aryl (e.g., phenyl, naphthyl, biphenylyl, 2,4-dihalophenyl, 2,6-dihalophenyl), arylalkyl (e.g., benzyl), alkylaryl (e.g., 2,4-dimethylphenyl), heteroaryl, and heterocyclic radical groups may be substituted with one or more of the above substituting groups. Examples of cycloalkyl groups are cyclopropyl, cyclobutyl, cyclopentyl, cyclohexyl, cycloheptyl, and cyclooctyl.

An alkylene is a bivalent radical derived from alkanes by removing two hydrogens from two different carbon atoms. Examples of alkylenes include —CH2—CH(R)—CH2 and 1,4-cyclohexylene. An alkylidene is a bivalent radical derived from alkenes by removing two hydrogens from the same carbon atom, such as 1-propanyl-3-ylidene (═CH—CH2—CH2—).

Unless otherwise indicated, complex moieties such as arylalkyl or alkylcarbonyloxy groups are bonded to the rest of the molecule via the last-named radical moiety, in these examples, alkyl and oxy, respectively. Exceptions include moieties such as X1(CH—)R, and X1(C—)R1, which are bonded to the rest of the molecule via the central carbon atom, as indicated by the radical-indicating convention “—”. Thus, in the former case, the central carbon atom C is bonded to H, X1, R1, and finally the carbon atom which is also bonded to Ra and Rb as shown in formula (I).

An aryl group is a C6-20 aromatic ring, wherein the ring is made of carbon atoms (e.g., C6-14, C6-10 aryl groups). Examples of haloalkyl include fluoromethyl, dichloromethyl, trifluoromethyl, 1,1-difluoroethyl, and 2,2-dibromoethyl.

A dehydro moiety of a C1-30 organic compound (e.g., a natural product) is the organic compound with a hydrogen atom removed. The removed hydrogen leaves a single valence on a carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, or silicon atom of the organic compound. The dehydro moiety is bonded to a compound disclosed herein via the single valence. Examples include (i) natural products selected from the group consisting of monoterpenes, diterpenes, sesquiterpenes, steroids, and polyketides; and (ii) naturally occurring amino acids.

A heterocyclic radical contains at least one ring structure which contains carbon atoms and at least one heteroatom (e.g., N, O, S, or P). A heteroaryl is an aromatic heterocyclic radical. Examples of heterocyclic radicals and heteroaryl groups include: thiazolyl, thienyl, thiophenyl, furyl, 1-isobenzofuranyl, 2H-chromen-3-yl, 2H-pyrrolyl, N-pyrrolyl, imidazolyl, pyrazolyl, isothiazolyl, isooxazolyl, pyridyl, pyrazinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyradazinyl, indolizinyl, isoindolyl, indolyl, indazolyl, purinyl, phthalazinyl, cinnolinyl, and pteridinyl. A heterocylic radical or heteroaryl may be attached to another moiety via a carbon atom or a heteroatom of the radical.

A (Cn alkyl)oxycarbonyl group has the formula R—O—(C═O)—. For example, (C1-6 alkyl)oxycarbonyl, therefore, includes methoxycarbonyl and hexyloxycarbonyl. A C1-10 acyl group as used herein is of the formula —(C═O)—L3 and contains 1 to 10 carbon atoms and 1-5 heteratoms. Examples of such acyl groups include formyl, acetyl, benzyloxycarbonyl, tert-butoxycarbonyl, trifluoroethyloxycarbonyl, thiobenzoyl, phenylamidocarbonyl, and 4-nitrophenoxycarbonyl.

Polyketides are a class of chemicals including linear polyketides, marine halogenated acetogenins, annonaceae acetogenins, macrolide polyketides, lactone polyketides, ansamycins, polyenes, linear tetracyclines, angucyclines, polyether antibiotics, and aflatoxins.

A salt is an ionic derivative of a compound of the invention wherein a hydrogen atom is removed (e.g., deprotonation of a carboxylic acid to form a carboxylate anion) or a hydrogen atom is added (e.g., protonation of an amino group to form an ammonium cation), and one or more suitable counterions are added. Counterions may be organic or inorganic, and are, in general, biologically acceptable (e.g., pharmaceutically or agriculturally acceptable). Examples of counter-cations include primary, secondary, or tertiary ammoniums or organic amines, group IA alkaline metal ions, and group IIA alkaline earth metal ions. Examples of counter-anions include halogen, nitrate, sulfate, citrate, salicylate, acetate, succinate, and acetylsalicylate. In certain embodiments, salts are formed by reacting a carboxylic acid- or amine-containing compound of the invention with hydrogen bromide, hydrogen chloride, or trifluoroacetic acid.

Unless otherwise indicated, in the structures provided herein, double bonds between r1 and r2, and r3 and r4, may be present (cis or trans, preferably trans) or absent (e.g., hydrogenated, alkylated, or halogenated). According to convention, a structure drawn with single, uniform lines includes both the (R) and (S) stereoisomers of any chiral carbon atom. Unless otherwise indicated, the compounds of the invention include both the (R) and (S) forms, although in certain embodiments it may be desirable to separate the various stereoisomers due to differences in activity. Such resolution is accomplished by means known to those skilled in asymmetric synthesis and chiral separation (e.g., chromatography).

Steroids include aromatic ring A C18 estrane, C19 androstanes, C20 19-norpreganes, C21 pregnanes, C23 24-norcholan-23-oic-acid steroids, cardanolide steroids (C23), cholan-24-oic acid steroids (C24), other cholane steroids (C24), bufanolide steroids (C24), homocholane steroids (26,27-dinorcholestanes) (C25), 27-norcholestane steroids (C26), neutral cholestane steroids (C27), cholestanoic acid steroids (C27), ecdysteroids (C27), spirostan steroids (C27), furostan steroids (C27), ergostane steroids (excluding withanolides and brassinolides) (C28), withanolide and brassinolide steroids (C28), stigmastane steroids (C29), gorgostane and other cyclopropacholestane steroids (C30), vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) metabolites and analogues, and vitamin D2 (ergocalcifero) metabolites and analogues.

Terpenes are natural plant products having a multiple of five carbon atoms. Skeletal types of monoterpenes contain 10 carbon atoms and are acyclic (e.g., myrcane, artemisane, santolinane, lavandulane, secoiridane, senecic acid, and incanic acid), monocyclic (e.g., eucarbone, α-thujaplicin, p-menthane, o-menthane, m-menthane, cyclogeraniolane, β-cyclolavandulal, ferulol, chondrocole, cantharidin, α-campholene aldehyde, polyzonimine, fragranol, junioine, and chrysanthemane), bicyclic or tricyclic (e.g., thujane, carane, pinane, bornane, isocamphane, fenchene, photocitral, filifolone, or tricyclene). Specific examples include geraniol, myrcene, menthol, α-pinene, and camphene. See, also, , ed. Sukh Dev (1982) vols. I and II.

Sesquiterpenes are C15 compounds. Skeletal types include mono- and bicyclofarnesane, trans,trans-farnesyl diphosphate, nerolidyl diphosphate, cis,trans-farnesyl diphosphate, farnesane, bicyclogermacrane, maaliane, aristolane, aromadendrane, germacrane, eudesmane, guaiane, elemane, elemophilane, valencane, valerane, humulane, caryophyllane, proto-illudane, illudane, hirsutane, marasmane, bisabolane, santalene, bergamotane, acorane, cedrane, chamigrane, thujopsane, widdrane, cuparane, laurane, trichothecane, cadinane, amorphane, muurolane, bulgarane, sativane, copaane, cubebane, ylangane, himachalane, longifolane, longibornane, longipinane. furamoid farnesane sesquiterpenoids, irregular acyclic sesquiterpenoids, miscellaneous cyclobutane sesquiterpenoids, cyclopentane sesquiterpenoids, cyclofarnesane sesquiterpenoids, rearranged cyclofarnesane sesquiterpenoids, bisabolane sesquiterpenoids, miscellaneous cyclohexane sesquiterpenoids, cycloheptane sesquiterpenoids, cyclobisabolane sesquiterpenoids, elemane sesquiterpenoids, simple germacrane sesquiterpenoids, 12,6-germacranolide sesquiterpenoids, 12,8-germacranolides and furanogermacrane sesquiterpenoids, nor- and homogermacrane sesquiterpenoids, secogermacrane sesquiterpenoids, cyclogermacrane sesquiterpenoids, lepidozanes and bicyclogermacrane sesquiterpenoids, humulane sesquiterpenoids, caryophyllane sesquiterpenoids, bicyclohumulane sesquiterpenoids, cuparane sesquiterpenoids, syslolaurane sesquiterpenoids, herbertane sesquiterpenoids, laurane sesquiterpenoids, trichothecane sesquiterpenoids, simple eudesmane sesquiterpenoids, 12,6-eudesmanolide sesquiterpenoids, 12,8-eudesmanolides and furanoeudesmane sesquiterpenoids, agarofuran eudesmane sesguiterpenoids, secoeudesmane sesquiterpenoids, noreudesmane sesquiterpenoids, emmotin sesquiterpenoids, oppositane sesquiterpenoids, farfugin sesquiterpenoids, cycloeudesmane sesquiterpenoids, gorgonane sesquiterpenoids, simple eremophilane sesquiterpenoids, eremophilanolide and furanoeremophilane sesquiterpenoids, seco- and abeoeremophilane sesquiterpenoids, noreremophilane sesquiterpenoids, chiloscyphane sesquiterpenoids, aristolane sesquiterpenoids, nardosinane sesquiterpenoids, brasilane sesquiterpenoids, cacalol sesquiterpenoids, valerane sesquiterpenoids, miscellaneous rearranged eudesmane sesquiterpenoids, cadinane sesquiterpenoids, nor- and secocadinane sesquiterpenoids, alliacane sesquiterpenoids, oplopane sesquiterpenoids, mutisianthol sesquiterpenoids, drimane sesquiterpenoids, coloratane sesquiterpenoids, nor- and secodrimane sesquiterpenoids, xanthane sesquiterpenoids, carabrane sesquiterpenoids, simple guaiane sesquiterpenoids, 12,6-guaianolide sesquiterpenoids, 12,8-guaianolide, dimeric guaiane sesquiterpenoids, seco-, cyclo-, abeo-, and norguaiane sesquiterpenoids, pseudoguaiane sesquiterpenoids, seco-, cyclo-, abeo and norpseudoguaiane sesquiterpenoids, aromadendrane sesquiterpenoids, cycloaromadendrane sesquiterpenoids, secoaromadendrane sesquiterpenoids, cubebane sesquiterpenoids, ivaxillarane sesquiterpenoids, patchoulane sesquiterpenoids, rearranged patchoulane sesquiterpenoids, valerenane sesquiterpenoids, africanane sesquiterpenoids, himachalane sesquiterpenoids, longipinane sesquiterpenoids, longifolane sesquiterpenoids, pinguisane sesquiterpenoids, thapsane sesquiterpenoids, fukinane sesquiterpenoids, picrotoxane sesquiterpenoids, daucane sesquiterpenoids, isodaucane sesquiterpenoids, perforane sesquiterpenoids, pacifigorgiane sesquiterpenoids, asteriscane sesquiterpenoids, illudane sesquiterpenoids, protoilludane sesquiterpenoids, sterpurane sesquiterpenoids, illudalane sesquiterpenoids, isolactarane sesquiterpenoids, lactaran sesquiterpenoids, marasmane sesquiterpenoids, furodysin sesquiterpenoids, furodysinin sesquiterpenoids, botrydial sesquiterpenoids, spriovetivane sesquiterpenoids, acorane sesquiterpenoids, chamigrane sesquiterpenoids, secochamigrane sesquiterpenoids, miscellaneous spirosesquiterpenoids, cedrane sesquiterpenoids, isocedrane sesquiterpenoids, zizaane sesquiterpenoids, prezizaane sesquiterpenoids, clovane sesquiterpenoids, precapnellane sesquiterpenoids, capnellane sesquiterpenoids, hirsutane sesquiterpenoids, rearranged hirsutane sesquiterpenoids, pentalenane sesquiterpenoids, silphinane sesquiterpenoids, silphiperfoliane sesquiterpenoids, presilphiperfoliane sesquiterpenoids, isocomane sesquiterpenoids, panasinsane sesquiterpenoids, modhephane sesquiterpenoids, quadrane sesquiterpenoids, campherenane sesquiterpenoids, α-santalane sesquiterpenoids, β-santalane sesquiterpenoids, sativane sesquiterpenoids, copacamphane sesquiterpenoids, sinularane sesquiterpenoids, capaane sesquiterpenoids, ishwarane sesquiterpenoids, rotundane sesquiterpenoids, thujopsane sesquiterpenoids, bourbonane sesquiterpenoids, gymnomitrane sesquiterpenoids. Specific examples include farnesol, bisabolene, α-cadinol, and hinesol. Eremophilanes include 3-hydroxy-9,11-eremophiladien-8-one (e.g., 3α,7α-form, and 3α,7β-form); 3,12-dihydroxy-9,11,(13)-eremophiladien-8-one (3α,7βH-form); eremofortin B; 9,11-eremophiladien-8-one; 6α,7α-epoxy-3α,13-dihydroxy,-9,12-eremophiladien-9-one; 13-desoxyphomenone, phaseolinone, phomenone, 1,3-dihydroxy-9,11-eremophiladien-8-one (1β,3α,7βH-form), petasin, S-petasin, isopetasin, iso-S-petasin, petasol, and isopetasol.

Diterpenes are C20 compounds biogenetically derived from geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate, and include resin acids and gibberellins. Examples of diterpenoid skeletons include irregular linear diterpenoids, linear homo- and norditerpenoids, prenylbisabolane, 10,15-cyclophytane, labdane, secolabdane, norlabdane, halimane, rearranged labdane, colesane, clerodane, nor-, seco- and abeoclerodane, abietane, furanoabietane, furanoabietane, secoabietanes and secofriedoabietane, nor- and homoabietane, abeoabietane, dimeric abietane, 13,16-cycloabietane, 17(15→16) abeoabietane, totarane, nagilactone, pimarane, rosane, erythroxylane, paraguarane, devadarane, isopimarane, rearranged pimarane and isopimarane, norpimarane and morisopimarane, cassane, vouacapane, cleistanthane and isocleistanthane, isolane and spongiane, seco-, nor- and abeospongiane, podocarpane, kaurane, phyllocladane, norkaurane, secokaurane, rearranged kaurane, beyerane, nor- and secobeyerane, villanovane, atisane, trachylobane, helifulvane, aphidicolane, gibberellins, rearranged gibberellins, leucothol, grayanotoxane, cembrane, norcembrane, rearranged cembrane, eunicellane, asbestinane, sphaerane, briarane, dolabellane, modified dolabellane, dolastane, modified dolastane, cyathane, sphaeroane, verrucosane, modified verrucosane, casbane, jatrophane, 9,13-cyclojatrophane, lathyrane, rhamnofolane, daphnane, tigliane, ingenane, jatropholane and secojatropholane, fusicoccane, valparane, spatane, seco- and abeospatane, verticillane, taxane, trinervitane, kempane, amphilectane, cycloamphilectane, adociane, xenicane, nor-, seco- and cycloxenicane, phyllane, viscidane, eremane, prenyleudesmane, prenylgermacrane, prenylbicyclogermacrane, lobane, prenylguaiane, cneorubine, serrulatane and biflorane, decipiane, sacculatane, obtusane, irieol, sphenolobane, geranylgeraniol, beyerane, and gibberllane. Specific diterpenes include geranylgeraniol and dextropimaric acid.

Triterpenes are C30 compounds. Examples of triterpene skeletal structures include linear triterpenoids, botryococcenes, protostanes, fusidanes, lanostanes, cycloartane, cucurbitane, dammarane, triucallane/euphane, apotirucallane, intact tetranortriterpenoids, ring cleaved tetranortriterpenoids, rearranged tetranortriterpenoids, quassinoid nortriterpenoids, baccharane, lupane, 3(2→1) abeolupane, nor- friedo- and secolupane, oleanane, nor-, seco- and abeooleanane, taraxerane, nor-, seco- and cyclotaraxerane, multiflorane, glutinane, friedelane, nor- and secofriedelane, pachysanane, taraxastane, ursane, nor-, seco- and abeoursane, bauerane, hopane, nor- seco, and abeohopane, neohopane, fernane, squalene, onocerane, serratane, ambrane, malabaricane, gammacerane, protostane, lanostane, cycloartane, arborane, hopane, fernane, filicane, dammarane, apo-euphane, euphane, shionane, germanicane, taraxsterane, and phyllanthane.

C. Natural Product Isolation

1. Extraction

A supernatant (7 L) was extracted from a pine root (Deutero Mycetes) fungal culture with about an equal volume of ethyl acetate (6-10 L). The ethyl acetate extract was concentrated by rotary evaporation under vacuum at 32° C. to yield between 1.0 and 2.5 g green syrup from the supernatant. The mycelium was extracted with 3 L methanol; methanol filtrate was concentrated by rotary evaporation under vacuum at 32° C. to yield about 1 L aqueous solution. Extraction with an equal volume of ethyl acetate and concentration as above yielded material which was combined with the supernatant extract.

The combined extracts were separated on a C-18 (EM Science, Gibbstown, N.J.) 40-63 μm column 4.5 cm h×3.5 cm diameter. After eluting with a step gradient of methanol/water (50%, 75%, 85%, and 100%, 250 ml each step), each fraction was analyzed on silica gel TLC precoated with Kieselgel 60 F254 on aluminum sheet (EM Separations). The plates were developed with 60% ethyl acetate/hexanes and visualized with p-anisaldehyde. After concentrating the fraction containing compound 3390 in 75% methanol/water at 32° C. under vacuum, the resulting residue was separated by a silica gel 60 (EM Science, <0.063 mm) column 5.0 cm high×1.5 cm diameter, eluting with a step gradient of ethyl acetate/hexanes (25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%, 20 ml for each step). Both the 75% ethyl acetate/hexanes fraction and the 100% ethyl acetate fraction contained compound 3390. After combining these fractions, and purification by eluting with a step gradient of methanol/water through a C-18 (EM Science 40-63 μm) column 5.0 cm high×1.5 cm diameter yielded 7 mg of pure compound in the 80% methanol/water fraction.

2. Structural Characterization

Compound 3390 showed a UVmax at 231 nm (ε=16,340 in methanol), indicative of a conjugated diene. Electrospray mass spectroscopy gave a [M+Na]+ ion at m/z 453 in positive mode. Lithium chloride exchange gave a [M+Li]+ ion at m/z 437, suggesting a molecular weight of 430. Proton and 13C NMR signals were assigned (Table 1).

D. Synthesis

1. Semisynthesis

Representative derivatizations of the isolated natural product (compound 3390) are presented below. Semisynthetic methods concerning the generally linear portion of compound 3390 containing a conjugated diene, and the ring-containing or sesquiterpene portion of compound 3390. It will be easily apparent to one skilled in organic synthesis that the following transformations may be operated, in general, upon either the ester compound 3390 itself or upon the individually resolved alcohol and carboxylic acid hydrolysis products of the ester parent compound.

Derivatization of the hydroxyl group includes alkylation, reduction, oxidation, esterification, and silylation. Derivatization of the carboxylic acid group includes forming both esters and amides. A naturally-occurring amino acid includes the 20 common α-amino acids (Gly, Ala, Val, Leu, Ile, Ser, Thr, Asp, Asn, Lys, Glu, Gln, Arg, His, Phe, Cys, Trp, Tyr, Met and Pro), and other amino acids that are natural products, such as norleucine, ethylglycine, ornithine, methylbutenylmethylthreonine, and phenylglycine. Examples of amino acid side chains include H (glycine), methyl (alanine), —(CH2—(C═O)—NH2 (asparagine), —CH2—SH (cysteine), and —CH(OH)CH3 (threonine).

Regarding the sesquiterpenoid portion, a wide variety of carboxylic acids or activated acyl groups can be reacted to form esters. RCO2H, wherein R is alkyl, cycloalkyl, arylalkyl, branched arylalkyl, alkyl, amino acid esters with N-protection such as RO(C═O)NH— and R—(C═O)—NH—. The extracyclic vinyl and enone groups can also be derivatized. These and other transformations are provided in the following schemes.

2. Protecting Groups

Numerous thiol-, amino-, hydroxy- and carboxy-protecting groups are well-known to those in the art. In general, the species of protecting group is not critical, provided that it is stable to the conditions of any subsequent reaction(s) on other positions of the compound and can be removed at the appropriate point without adversely affecting the remainder of the molecule. In addition, a protecting group may be substituted for another after substantive synthetic transformations are complete. Clearly, where a compound differs from a compound disclosed herein only in that one or more protecting groups of the disclosed compound has been substituted with a different protecting group, that compound is within the invention. Further examples and conditions are found in T. W. Greene and P. G. M. Wuts, , (2nd ed., 1991).

The invention also encompasses isotopically-labelled counterparts of compounds disclosed herein. An isotopically-labelled compound of the invention has one or more atoms replaced with an isotope having a detectable particle-or x-ray-emitting (radioactive) nucleus or a magnetogyric nucleus. Examples of such nuclei include 2H, 3H, 13C, 15N, 19F, 29Si, 31P, 32P and 125I. Isotopically-labelled compounds of the invention are particularly useful as probes or research tools for spectrometeric analyses, radioimmunoassays, binding assays based on γ- or β-scintillation, fluorography, autoradiography, and kinetic studies such as inhibition studies or determination of primary and secondary isotope effects.

3. Total Synthesis

In another aspect, the invention includes additional functional and structural analogs of the parent compound 3390. In this aspect, the conjugated diene skeleton can be replaced by isosteric monocyclic or bicyclic structures, or other sp2-hybridized moieties such as carbonyls, amides, tertiary or secondary amines.

In formula (II) above, for example, each of r1, r2, r3 and r4 is selected independently from H, methyl, and halomethyl; or r1 and r3, or r2 and r4l taken together are a bivalent moiety which forms a C3-20 substituted or unsubstituted five-or six-membered cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, aromatic, heterocyclic or heteroaromatic ring.

In this aspect, A includes any side chain of a naturally-occurring amino acid, C2-10 hydroxy-alkyl, C1-10 mercaptoalkyl, C2-10 alkenylene, X1(CH—)R1, or X,(C—)R1, wherein X1 is H, F, Cl, Br, I, C1-10 alkyl, C2-10 alkenyl, C2-10 alkenylene (where A is X1(C—)R1), C1-10 haloalkyl, ORi, SRi, NRiRii or NRi(C═O)Rii, each of Ri and Rii being independently selected from H, C1-10 alkyl, and (C6-14 aryl)(C0-6 alkyl); and R1 is H, C1-6 alkyl, C1-10 alkenyl, or ═O (where A is X1(C—)R1). It will be easily apparent to those in the art that some categories of A overlap. Thus, to avoid redundancy within a single claim, it will be understood that where A is X1(C—)R1, either R1 is ═O or X1 is C2-10 alkenylene; and that where A is X1(CH—)R1, X1 and R1 are not such that A is a side chain of a naturally-occurring amino acid. Other variables are as described above in formula (I).

The invention also features a compound of the formula (VI). Based on the synthetic pathways provided in the disclosed schemes, the compounds of formula VI can be easily prepared from isolated natural products by one of ordinary skill in synthetic organic chemistry. In addition, the C-11 methylidene group can be oxidized to form a methyl ketone, a highly versatile moiety which allows chain extension by a variety of reactions.

In formula (VI), Z is —(C═O)—NH—, —(C═O)—O—, —O—, —NH—(C═O)—, or —O—(C═O)—. As shown, the Z moieties have a specific orientation, where left-most valence, e.g., carbonyl carbon of the first amide bond (or the amino nitrogen of the second amide bond), is bonded to carbon atom attached to ra and rb. In some embodiments, where X is OH, —C(R3)(R4)(R5) is neither isopropenyl nor isopropylidene; where X is O-(trialkylsilyl), —C(R3)(R4)(R5) is not 2-hydroxylisopropyl; or when R1, R2, and X are H, -—(R3)(R4)(R5) is not isopropenyl. The invention includes a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or ester of a disclosed compound. In one embodiment of formula (VI), one of ra and rb is methyl, one of rc and rd is hydroxyl, one of re and rf is H, and one of rg and rh is hydroxyl and the other is methyl. In another embodiment, at least three of ra-rh are hydroxyl and at least two of the remaining of ra-rh are methyl. In other embodiments, X is H; X is not H; or Z is —(C═O)—NH—, —(C═O)—O—, or —O—.

E. Use

The disclosed compounds are useful in the treatment of cancer. The methods of the invention contemplate treatment of animal subjects, such as mammals (e.g., higher primates, and especially humans), animal cell and tissue cultures, plants (e.g., food crops), and plant cell and tissue cultures. The invention encompasses pharmaceutical (or veterinary or agricultural) compositions which include novel compounds described herein.

Where the compound contains a basic group, pharmaceutically acceptable salts may be formed, for example, with 1, 2, 3, or more equivalents of hydrogen chloride, hydrogen bromide, trifluoroacetic acid, and others known to those in the art of drug formulation. Sodium, potassium, ammonium, calcium, aluminium, or magnesium salts can be prepared where the compound contains an acid group, using a hydroxide compound or other base. Compounds of the invention can be formulated into pharmaceutical compositions by admixture with pharmaceutically acceptable non-toxic excipients and carriers. A pharmaceutical composition of the invention may contain more than one compound of the invention, and/or may also contain other therapeutic compounds not encompassed by the invention, such as anti-inflammatory, analgesic, or other agents. A compound of the invention may be administered in unit dosage form, and may be prepared by any of the methods well known in the pharmaceutical art, for example, as described in (Mack Pub. Co., Easton, Pa., 1980). The invention also encompasses a packaged drug, containing a pharmaceutical composition formulated into individual dosages and printed instructions for self-administration.

Compounds disclosed herein may also be formulated for topical or parenteral administration, particularly in the form of solutions or liquid suspensions; for oral administration, particularly in the form of tablets or capsules; or intranasally, particularly in the form of powders, gels, oily solutions, nasal drops, aerosols, or mists. Formulations for parenteral administration may contain as common excipients sterile water or sterile saline, polyalkylene glycols such as polyethylene glycol, oils of vegetable origin, hydrogenated naphthalenes, and the like. Controlled release of a compound of the invention may be obtained, in part, by use of biocompatible, biodegradable polymers of lactide, and copolymers of lactide/glycolide or polyoxyethylene/polyoxypropylene. Additional parental delivery systems include ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer particles, osmotic pumps, implantable infusion systems, and liposomes. Formulations for inhalation administration contain lactose, polyoxyethylene-9-lauryl ether, glycocholate, or deoxycholate. Formulations for buccal administration may include glycocholate; formulations for vaginal administration may include citric acid.

The concentration of a disclosed compound in a pharmaceutically acceptable mixture will vary depending on several factors, including the dosage of the compound to be administered, the pharmacokinetic characteristics of the compound(s) employed, and the route of administration. In general, the compounds of this invention may be provided in an aqueous physiological buffer solution containing about 1-10% w/v of compound for parenteral administration. Typical dose ranges are from about 1-100 mg/kg of body weight per day, and preferably 2-10 mg/kg, given in 1-4 divided doses. Each divided dose may contain the same or different compounds of the invention. The dosage will be an effective amount depending on several factors including the overall health of a patient, and the formulation and route of administration of the selected compound(s).

The effective amount of the active compound used to practice the present invention for treatment of conditions directly or indirectly mediated by cancer varies depending upon the manner of administration, the age and the body weight of the subject and the condition of the subject to be treated, and ultimately will be decided by the attending physician or veterinarian. Such amount of the active compound as determined by the attending physician or veterinarian is referred to herein as “effective amount”.

One aspect of the invention is a method of treating cancer in a patient (e.g., a mammal, e.g., a human, a mouse, a rat, or a cow). This method includes administering to the patient an effective anti-cancer amount of a pharmaceutical composition containing one or more compounds having a formula (I) or (VI); and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, thereby treating the cancer in the patient. A pharmaceutical composition can include a plurality of anticancer compounds, whether disclosed herein or otherwise known, or a combination of a compound disclosed herein and another therapeutic, in any beneficial proportion.

Without further elaboration, it is believed that one skilled in the art can, based on this disclosure, realize the present invention to its fullest extent. The following example is, therefore, merely illustrative. All publications cited herein are hereby incorporated by reference.


1. A method of treating cancer sensitive to the compounds of formula I, the method comprising administering to a patient an effective amount of a pharmaceutical composition comprising a compound of formula I: wherein A is OR1, wherein R1 is H or alkyl C1-C10; each of Ra and Rb is H or alkyl; X2 is ORiii, wherein Riii is H or alkyl; Y1 and Y2 taken together are ═O; and Z is eremophiladien-one; and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, thereby treating the cancer.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the patient is a mammal.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the patient is a human.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the patient is a cow.


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