Ribonucleotide reductase (RR) is an important therapeutic target for anticancer drugs. The structure of human RR features a 1:1 complex of two homodimeric subunits, hRRM1 and hRRM2. Prokaryotically expressed and highly purified recombinant human RR subunits, hRRM1 and hRRM2, were used for holoenzyme-based [3H]CDP reduction in vitro assay. Ten new thiosemicarbazones (7-16) were synthesized and screened for their RR inhibitory activity. Two thiosemicarbazones derived from p-hydroxy benzaldehyde (9 and 10) were found to be active but less potent than the standard, Hydroxyurea (HU). Guided by the activity of compounds 9 and 10, 11 new thiosemicarbazones (17-27) derived from p-hydroxy benzaldehyde were prepared and screened for their RR inhibitory activity. All the 11 compounds were more potent than HU.
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