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Med Chem. 2019;15(4):341-351. doi: 10.2174/1573406414666181005143431.

Phenolic Imidazole Derivatives with Dual Antioxidant/Antifungal Activity: Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationship.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal.
BioFarma Research Group, Center for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases (CiMUS), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Avenida de Barcelona 22, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Department of Biology, Campus de Gualtar, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal.
CBMA (Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology), Department of Biology, Campus de Gualtar, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal.
School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Yachay Tech University, Yachay City of Knowledge, 100650-Urcuqui, Ecuador.



Previous publications show that the addition of a phenolic antioxidant to an antifungal agent, considerably enhances the antifungal activity.


Synthesis of novel compounds combining phenolic units with linear or cyclic nitrogencontaining organic molecules with antioxidant/antifungal activity using methodologies previously developed in the group.


Several N- [1,2-dicyano-2- (arylidenamino) vinyl]-O-alkylformamidoximes 3 were synthesized and cyclized to 4,5-dicyano-N- (N´-alcoxyformimidoyl)-2-arylimidazoles 4 upon reflux in DMF, in the presence of manganese dioxide or to 6-cyano-8-arylpurines 5 when the reagent was refluxed in acetonitrile with an excess of triethylamine. These compounds were tested for their antioxidant activity by cyclic voltammetry, DPPH radical (DPPH•) assay and deoxyribose degradation assay. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of all compounds was evaluated against two yeast species, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans, and against bacteria Bacillus subtilis (Gram-positive) and Escherichia coli (Gram negative). Their cytotoxicity was evaluated in fibroblasts.


Among the synthetised compounds, five presented higher antioxidant activity than reference antioxidant Trolox and from these compounds, four presented antifungal activity without toxic effects in fibroblasts and bacteria.


Four novel compounds presented dual antioxidant/antifungal activity at concentrations that are not toxic to bacteria and fibroblasts. The active molecules can be used as an inspiration for further studies in this area.


Phenolic imidazoles; antifungal activity; antioxidant activity; cancer; phenolic purines; structure-activity relationship.

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