Affiliation: Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Helwan University, Ain- Helwan, Helwan, Cairo. Egypt, Postal code: 1179.
A series of N-aryl derivatives of pyrrole and its related derivatives of fused form (namely; tetrahydroindole and dihydroindenopyrroles) were prepared in fair to good yields. The newly synthesized compounds were confirmed using IR, 1H NMR, Mass spectral and elemental analysis. Tetrahydrobenzo[b] pyrroles Ia-d, 1,4-dihydroindeno[1,2-b]pyrroles IIa,b and pyrroles IIIa-c,e were evaluated for anticancer activity, coinciding with the antioxidant activity; using Di-Phenyl Picryl Hydrazyl (DPPH) tests. The cytotoxicity of the tested compounds (at a concentration of 100 and 200 μg /mL) was performed against HepG-2 and EACC cell lines. Compounds Ib, d and IIa showed promising antioxidant activity beside their anticancer activity. Docking studies were employed to justify the promising anticancer activity of Ib,d and IIa. Protein kinase (PKase)-PDB entry 1FCQ was chosen as target enzyme for this purpose using the MOLSOFT ICM 3.4-8C program. The docking results of the tested compounds went aligned with the respective anticancer assay results.