A series of tetracyclic heterocyclic azathioxanthones were synthesized and evaluated for cell proliferations, topoisomerase inhibitions, and NCI-60 cell panel assay, respectively. Compounds 5, 7, 8, 16, and 19 were selected for topoisomerase assay after MTT assay. 7 not only showed cytotoxic effect (IC50 Combining double low line 2.84 ± 0.64 μM) in PC-3 cells but also revealed topoisomerases inhibition with IC50 (10-25 μM) and increased apoptotic cleavage of PARP and caspase 3 activity. The overall of novel azathioxanthones with different cytostatic and cytotoxic activities should be further developed as new potential candidates for anticancer drugs.
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