XK469 (1) is among the most highly and broadly active antitumor agents to have been evaluated in our laboratories. Subsequent developmental studies led to the entry of (R)-(+) 1 (NSC 698215) into phase 1 clinical trials (NIH UO1-CA62487). The antitumor mechanism of action of 1 remains to be elucidated, which has prompted a sustained effort to elaborate a pharmacophoric pattern of 1. The present study focused on a strategy of synthesis and biological evaluation of topologically based, bioisosteric replacements of the quinoxaline moiety in the lead compound (1) by quinazoline (4a-d), 1,2,4-benzotriazine (12a-18b), and quinoline (21a-g) ring systems. The synthetic approach to each of the bioisosteres of 1 utilized the methodology developed in previous work (see Hazeldine, S. T.; Polin, L.; Kushner, J.; Paluch, J.; White, K.; Edelstein, M.; Palomino, E.; Corbett, T. H.; Horwitz, J. P. Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Analogues of the Antitumor Agent 2-(4-[(7-Chloro-2-quinoxalinyl)oxy]phenoxy)propionic acid (XK469). J. Med. Chem. 2001, 44, 1758-1776.), which is extended to the procurement of the benzoxazole (23a,b), benzthiazole (23c,d), pyridine (25a,b), and pyrazine (27) congeners of 1. Only quinoline analogues, bearing a 7-halo (21a,b,d,e) or a 7-methoxy substituent (21g), showed antitumor activities (Br > Cl > CH(3)O > F approximately I), at levels comparable to or greater than the range of activities manifested by 1 and corresponding analogues. At high individual dosages, the (S)-(-) enantiomers of 1 and 21b,d all produce a reversible slowing of nerve-conduction velocity in the mice, the onset of which is characterized by a distinctive dysfunction of the hind legs, causing uncoordinated movements. The condition resolves within 5-10 min. However, at higher dosages, which approach a lethal level, the behavior extended to the front legs, lasting from 20 min to 1 h. By contrast, the (R)-(+) forms of these same agents did not induce the phenomenon of slowing of nerve-conduction velocity.