The peptidyl-prolyl isomerase Pin1 is correlated with the progression of cervical cancer via regulating numerous oncogenic and tumor suppressor pathways. p65 is a crucial regulator of tumorigenesis that is regulated by Pin1, and p65 signaling suppression can enhance the antitumor efficacy of doxorubicin (DOX). Here, we utilized a structural mimicry approach to synthesize a series of dibenzothiophene analogues and evaluated their ability to inhibit Pin1 activity. Compound 1a was identified as a potent Pin1 inhibitor that inhibited p65 signaling in vitro and in cervical cancer cells. Moreover, compound 1a enhanced the cytotoxicity of DOX in cervical cancer cells via reducing p65 nuclear accumulation and enhancing DOX uptake. These compounds are promising scaffolds for developing more potent Pin1 inhibitors against cervical cancer, either alone or in combination with anticancer drugs such as DOX.
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