Organoselenium chemistry has undergone extensive development during the past decades, mostly due to the unique chemical properties of organoselenium compounds that have been widely explored in a number of synthetic transformations, as well as due to the interesting biological properties of these compounds. Diselenides and selenocyanates constitute the promising classes of organoselenium compounds that possess interesting biological effects and that can be used in the preparation of other selenium compounds. The combination of diselenide and selenocyanate moieties with other biologically relevant molecules (such as heterocycles, steroids, etc.) is a way for the development of compounds with promising pharmaceutical potential. Therefore, the aim of this review is to highlight the recent achievements in the use of diselenides or selenocyanates as precursors for the synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant compounds, preferentially compounds with antitumor and antimicrobial activities.
Keywords: Diselenides, selenocyanates, antitumor activity, antimicrobial activity, heterocycles, drugs
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