Journal of Medicinal Chemistry vol. 46, no. 26, pp. 5745 - 5751
Inhibitors of histone deacetylases (HDACs) have been shown to induce differentiation and/or apoptosis of human tumor cells. Novel 3-(4-substituted-phenyl)-N-hydroxy-2-propenamides have been prepared as a new class of HDAC inhibitors and evaluated for their antiproliferative activity and HDAC inhibitory activity. Incorporation of a 1,4-phenylene carboxamide linker, shown by 5, and a 4-(dimethylamino)phenyl or 4-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)phenyl group as a cap substructure generated highly potent hydroxamic acid-based HDAC inhibitors 5a and 5b.