The synthesis, cytotoxicity and inhibition of CDK8 by thirteen analogs of cortistatin A are reported. These efforts revealed that the analogs with either a 6- or 7-isoquinoline or 5-indole side chain in the 17-position are the most promising anti-proliferative agents. These compounds showed potent cytotoxic effects in CEM, HeLa and HMEC-1 cells. All three compounds exhibited IC50 values < 10µM. The most interesting 10l analog exhibited an IC50 value of 0.59 µM towards the human dermal microvascular endothelial cell line (HMEC-1), significantly lower than the reference standard 2-methoxyestradiol. At a concentration at 50 nM the most potent 10h compound reduced the activity of CDK8 to 35%.
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