Synthesis and Leishmanicidal Activity of 1-[5-(5-nitrofuran-2-yl)-1, 3, 4-thiadiazole-2-yl]-4-benzoylepiperazines

Document Type: Research article


1 Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

3 Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

4 Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


A series of (5-nitrofuran-2-yl)-1, 3, 4-thiadiazole-2-yl derivatives 6a–6e have been synthesized and screened for in vitro anti-leishmanial activity against the promastigote form of L. major. The structure of Schiff bases were confirmed by 1H NMR, IR. Screening results indicate that all of the designed and synthesized final compounds (6a-6e) significantly reduced the viability of promastigotes of L. major in comparison to glucantime (IC50 3× 103 μg/ml). Meta and Para substitutions in benzene ring containing compounds were more potent than other derivative and the most potent compounds were 6d, 6e with IC50 value 94 µM and 77.6 µM, respectively. The experimental data proposes that (5-nitrofuran-2-yl)-1, 3, 4-thiadiazole-2-yl derivatives may be further investigated as a candidate drug for treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis.


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