Design, Synthesis, Biological Evaluation and Molecular Modeling Study of Novel Indolizine-1-Carbonitrile Derivatives as Potential Anti-Microbial Agents

Document Type : Research article


1 Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.

2 Pharmaceutics Research Center, Institute of Neuropharmacology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Islamic Azad University of Najafabad, Najafabad, Isfahan, Iran.

4 Department of Medical Mycology and Parasitology, Basic Sciences in Infectious Diseases Research Center, School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.


A novel one-pot two step tandem reaction for the synthesis of indolizine-1-carbonitrile derivatives (5a-i) was identified. The route comprises 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of aromatic aldehyde derivatives (1a-i), malononitrile (2) and 1-(2-(4-bromophenyl)-2-oxoethyl)-2-chloropyridin-1-ium (4) under ultrasound irradiation at room temperature in the presence of triethylamine at acetonitrile. The product compounds were tested against bacteria and fungi. It was revealed that compound 5b had the most antifungal activity (range MICs = 8–32 µg/mL) and compound 5g had the most antibacterial activity (range MICs = 16–256 µg/mL). Molecular docking of compounds (5a-i) into fungal 14α-demethylase and bacterial protein tyrosine phosphatase active sites were also performed and probable binding mode of compounds 5b and 5g were determined.


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