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Indian J Pharm Sci. 2008 Jan-Feb; 70(1): 88–91.
PMCID: PMC2852068

Microwave-Induced Synthesis of Schiff Bases of Aminothiazolyl Bromocoumarins as Antibacterials


A fast and highly efficient method for the synthesis of some of the schiff bases of aminothiazolylbromocoumarin (4a-m) has been performed by microwave irradiation of 2′-amino-4′-(6-bromo-3-coumarinyl) thiazole (3) and substituted aromatic aldehydes (a-m). Microwave assisted reactions have resulted in better yields of the desired products than when prepared under conventional conditions. The resulting products were evaluated for their qualitative and quantitative antibacterial activity.

Keywords: Bromocoumarin, microwave, characterization, antibacterials

The synthesis of coumarins and their derivatives has attracted the attention of organic and medicinal chemists as these are widely used as fragrances, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals1. Benz-2pyrones and its heterocyclic derivatives, in particular schiff bases and carboxamides of 3-thiazolyl substituted coumarins, display important biological properties such as analgesic, anti-inflammatory2,3, anticoagulant4, antimicrobial, antiviral5 and HIV protease inhibitory6 activities. Potent antibiotics like novobiocin, coumaromycin and charteusin are coumarin derivatives. Consequently, we were involved in the synthesis and chemistry of schiff bases and carboxamides of aminothiazolyl substituted coumarins. As a continuation of our research in this area, the present work was aimed at the synthesis of schiff bases of 2-amino thiazolyl bromocoumarin by microwave-assisted method. Microwave irradiation has become a very useful tool in organic synthesis and has been explored extensively since the last decade. Microwave irradiation often leads to a remarkable decrease in reaction time, increased yields and easier workup matching with green chemistry protocols. The resulting compounds of Scheme 1 were characterized by 1H-NMR and mass spectral studies. X-ray study was made on parent compound (3) and the test compounds were subjected to qualitative and quantitative antibacterial activity by cup plate method and ELISA technique, respectively.

Scheme 1
Synthesis of compounds (4a-m).

Melting points were determined in open capillaries and are found uncorrected. IR spectra were recorded on Fourier transform IR spectrophotometer Model Shimadzu 8700 using KBr disc method. 1H-NMR spectra were recorded on AMX-400 liquid state NMR spectrometer in CDCl3 using tetramethylsilane as an internal standard. Mass spectra were recorded on Jeol JMS DX303 Mass spectrometer with Electron Impact Ionization (EII). The purity of the products was determined by thin layer chromatography using several solvent systems of different polarity. The compounds were analyzed for C, H and N and the values were found within ±0.4% of the calculated values. The microwave oven used was conventional kitchen microwave oven. The yield and reaction time of the products are reported in Table 1.


The synthesis of 2′-amino-4′-(6-bromo-3-coumarinyl) thiazole2 (3) was achieved by cyclization of 3-bromoacetyl-6-bromocoumarin (2) with thiourea in absolute ethanol medium in the presence of piperidine as catalyst and the resulting compounds (4a-m) were obtained by microwave irradiation of compound (3) and different aromatic aldehydes (a-m) in absolute ethanol with different time intervals. The synthetic route is shown in Scheme 1.

In conventional refluxing method (method A), compound (3) (0.01 mol) and substituted aromatic aldehydes (a-m) (0.01 mol) were taken in absolute alcohol (20 ml) and refluxed for 2 h, cooled and poured into crushed ice. The precipitate obtained was recrystallized using aqueous dimethyl sulfoxide and ethanol.

In conventional heating method (method B), compound (3) (0.01 mol) and substituted aromatic aldehydes (a-m) (0.01 mol) were taken in a round bottom flask and heated on an oil bath at 180°, cooled and the melted reaction medium was reprecipitated with aqueous ethanol and recrystallized using dimethyl sulfoxide and ethanol.

As in microwave-induced organic reaction enhancement (MORE, Method C), compound (3) (0.01 mol) and substituted aromatic aldehydes (a-m, 0.01 mol) in ethanol (30 ml) were taken into a 250 ml conical flask and capped with a glass funnel and subjected to microwave irradiation for 65-113 seconds at an interval of every 20 seconds at 260 watts. On completion of the reaction, followed by TLC examination, the mixture was cooled to room temperature and the product was poured into crushed ice. The crude products (4a-m) were purified by recrystallization from ethanol and dimethyl sulfoxide. The characterization data of the synthesized test compounds (4a-m) are tabulated in Table 2.


Compound 4a: IR (KBr, cm−1v) 3042, 1735 (lactone-C = O), 1676, 1606, 1548, 1355, 1231, 835, 769, 744, 558. 1H-NMR: (400 MHz, CDCl3) 8.98 (s, 1H, -N = CH-), 8.73 (s, 1H, Hetero Ar-H), 8.42 (s, 1H, Hetero Ar-H), 7.97 (d, 2H, Ar-H), 7.75 (d, 1H, Ar-H), 7.65 (dd, 1H, Ar-H), 7.51 (d, 2H, Ar-H), 7.27 (d, 1H, Ar H). MS: m/z 445 (M+ 100), 416 (10), 390 (5), 366 (6), 339 (5), 321 (10), 280 (12), 250 (35), 220 (22), 196 (76), 182 (16), 165 (7), 145 (53), 129 (12), 97 (25), 83 (32), 69 (41), 57 (57), 43 (46).

X-ray powder diffraction pattern was recorded on the parent compound (3) in STOE powder diffractometer using Debye-Scherrer Geometry (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore) wave length CuKα(λ = 1.54178 Å. Cell parameters A = 13.874 (0.006) Å, B = 7.054 (0.002) Å, C = 12.505 (0.007) Å, α = β = γ = 90.0°. Crystal system was orthorhombic.

Antibacterial screening of the synthesized compounds was carried out by cup-plate method7 using two strains i.e., Bacillus subtilis (ATCC 6633) and Escherichia coli (ATCC 8739). Ampicillin was used as reference sample and antibacterial activity of the test compounds (4a-m) is presented in Table 3. The minimum inhibitory concentration of the test compounds showing promising activity was determined using 96-well plate (two fold dilution technique) and an ELISA Reader8.


Structure of the synthesized schiff bases was supported by IR, 1H-NMR and Mass spectral studies. In IR spectra, a prominent peak was observed for lactone of coumarins (1), (2), (3) and (4a-m) from 1735-1719 cm−1v. In 1H-NMR spectra, the signal due to −N=CH- protons appeared as singlet at 8.98, heteroAr-H(d) proton appeared as singlet at 8.73, heteroAr-H(e) proton appeared as doublet at 8.42, Ar-H(g,g') two protons appeared as doublet at 7.97 (J = 8.27cps), Ar-H(c) proton appeared as doublet at 7.75, Ar-H(b) proton appeared as doublet of doublet at 7.65, Ar-H(h,h') proton appeared as doublet of doublet at 7.51 and Ar-H(a) proton appeared as doublet at 7.27. Molecular ion peak was observed at 445 and base peak at 196. These observations supported the formation of the resulting compound (4a). Out of the fourteen compounds subjected for qualitative antibacterial activity, one of the test compounds (4a), was shown to be active greater than that of test compounds such as (4), (4c), (4d), (4i), (4l) and (4m). All the test compounds were subjected for quantitative antibacterial determination and compounds, such as (4a), showed minimum inhibitory concentration at 147 μg and 141 μg against Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli, respectively when compared to that of the activity against standard drug ampicillin.


The authors thank Prof. B. G. Shivananda, Principal, Al-Ameen College of Pharmacy, Bangalore for support and facilities, Prof. T. N. Guru Row, Department of Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for x-ray powder diffractometer values and Prof. S. Asokan, Department of Instrumentation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for 1H-NMR and mass spectra.


Venugopala, et al.: Microwave Synthesis of Aminothiazolyl Bromocoumarins


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