Sulphur-substituted Pyrrolo[3,4-b]quinolines: Synthesis, Chemistry and Antimicrobial Activity

  • T van Esa
  • B Staskun
  • S van Vuuren
Keywords: 2-Alkyl-3-alkylimino-9-thioxo-2, 3-dihydro-pyrrolo[3, 4-b]quinolin-1-ones, pyrrolo[3, 4-b]quinoline (1, 1) amine complexes, 6-fluoro-derivatives, antimicrobial activities, di-[(pyrrolo[3, 4-b]quinolinyl)] sulphides, 9-alkylthio-substituted pyrrolo[3, 4-b] quino


2,3-Dihydro-2-propyl-3-propylimino-9-thioxo-pyrrolo[3,4-b]quinolin-1-one reacts with an aliphatic primary, secondary or tertiary amine to forma 1:1 substrate:amine (thiolate) complex. It also readily undergoes S-alkylation (with diazomethane or with an alkyl halide), S-acetylation (with acetic anhydride), hydrogenolysis (Raney nickel) with removal of sulphur, and acid-catalysed hydrolysis (with selective replacement of the 3-propylimino function by oxygen). Two novel di-(pyrrolo[3,4-b] quinolinyl) sulphide reaction products are described and their structures established. Treatment of these ‘dimers’ and related 9-alkylthio-substituted pyrroloquinolines with an aliphatic amine provides a convenient access to ‘simple’ or ‘mixed’ 2-alkyl-9-alkylamino-3-alkylimino-pyrroloquinoline derivatives. Preliminary antimicrobial (in vitro) tests indicate that: (a) the weak antimicrobial activity of the aforementioned 9-thioxo-pyrroloquinoline substrate against three selected Gram-positive pathogens is significantly enhanced in its amine complexes, and by the presence of a 6-fluoro atom in the quinoline moiety, and (b) that substitution of the 4-oxo-function in 4-oxo- 3-quinolinecarboxylic acids by an ethylimino group leads to a marked reduction in antimicrobial properties.

Keywords: 2-Alkyl-3-alkylimino-9-thioxo-2,3-dihydro-pyrrolo[3,4-b]quinolin-1-ones, pyrrolo[3,4-b]quinoline (1:1) amine complexes, 6-fluoro-derivatives, antimicrobial activities, di-[(pyrrolo[3,4-b]quinolinyl)] sulphides, 9-alkylthio-substituted pyrrolo[3,4-b] quinolines.


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