Imidazole and 1,2,4-Triazole-based Derivatives Gifted with Antitubercular Activity: Cytotoxicity and Computational Assessment

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Author(s): Daniele Zampieri*, Francesca Cateni, Mariarosa Moneghini, Marina Zacchigna, Erik Laurini, Domenico Marson, Alessandro De Logu, Adriana Sanna, Maria G. Mamolo.

Journal Name: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

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Background: Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (Mtb) is the causative pathogen of tuberculosis (TB) and outbreaks are more common among immunosuppressed persons infected with HIV. The current treatment regimens are lengthy and toxic, yet the therapy has remained unchanged for many decades, so there is a need to find new structures with selective mechanism of action. Moreover, the increased incidence of severe disseminated infections produced by undiagnosed multidrug-resistant (MDR), worsen clinical treatment and contribute the spread of the disease.

Objective: The aim of our study was to evaluate the potential of imidazole and triazole moieties for antimycobacterial activity, by synthesizing some 1-(1-(aryl)-2-(2,6-dichlorophenyl)hydrazono)ethyl-1H-imidazole and 1H-1,2,4-triazole derivatives 2a-l.

Methods: The title compounds were obtained via classical organic synthesis. The antimicrobial activity was evaluated using the method of microdilution and the cytotoxicity assay was performed by MTT method.

Results: The results indicated that the presence of both the imidazole ring and that of the 2,6-dichlorosubstituted phenyl moiety, isare more relevant for inhibitory activity against Mtb than the triazole nucleus and the unsubstituted phenyl ring. Among the series, the (E)-1-(2-(5-chlorothiophen-2-yl)-2-(2-(2,6-dichlorophenyl)hydrazono)ethyl)-1H-imidazole derivative 2f and (Z)-1-(2-([1,1’-biphenyl]-4-yl)-2-(2-(2,6-dichlorophenyl)hydrazono)ethyl]-1H-imidazole derivatives 2e , exhibited a promising antimycobacterial property and the latter also displayed a safe cytotoxic profile.

Conclusion: The synthesized compounds were studied for their antitubercular activity. Among the series, the compounds 2e and 2f appeared to be the most promising agents and, according to the docking assessment, the compounds could be CYP51 inhibitors. These evidences could be useful for the future development of new antimycobacterial derivatives targeting CYP51 with more specificity for the mycobacterial cell enzyme.

Keywords: CYP51, Cytotoxicity, Imidazole, Molecular modeling, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), Triazole.

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DOI: 10.2174/1568026619666190227183826
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