Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of (E)-5-styryl-1,2,4-oxadiazoles as anti-tubercular agents.


Chemistry of Heterocycles & Natural Product Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, School of Advanced Sciences, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore 632014, Tamil Nadu, India. Electronic address: [Email]


Cinnamic acid and its derivatives are known for anti-tubercular activity. The present study reports the synthesis of cinnamic acid derivatives via bioisosteric replacement of terminal carboxylic acid with "oxadiazole". A series of cinnamic acid derivatives (styryl oxadiazoles) were designed and synthesized in good yields by reaction of substituted cinnamic acids (2, 15a-15s) with amidoximes. The synthesized styryl oxadiazoles were evaluated in vitro for anti-tubercular activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) H37Ra strain. The structure-activity relationship (SAR) study has identified several compounds with mixed anti-tubercular profiles. The compound 32 displayed potent anti-tubercular activity (IC50 = 0.045 µg/mL). Molecular docking studies on mycobacterial enoyl-ACP reductase enzyme corroborated well with the experimental findings providing a platform for structure based hit-to-lead development.


1,2,4-oxadiazole,Anti-tubercular,Bioisosteres,Cinnamic acid,Molecular docking,

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