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Diaryl and heteroaryl sulfides: synthesis via sulfenyl chlorides and evaluation as selective anti-breast-cancer agents.

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A mild protocol for the synthesis of diaryl and heteroaryl sulfides is described. In a one-pot procedure, thiols are converted to sulfenyl chlorides and reacted with arylzinc reagents. This method tolerates functional groups including aryl fluorides and chlorides, ketones, as well as N-heterocycles including pyrimidines, imidazoles, tetrazoles, and oxadiazoles. Two compounds synthesized by this method exhibited selective activity against the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line in the micromolar range.

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