Medicinal Chemistry Research

, Volume 26, Issue 10, pp 2235–2242 | Cite as

Synthesis and antimicrobial/antimalarial activities of novel naphthalimido trans-β-lactam derivatives

  • Javad Ameri Rad
  • Aliasghar Jarrahpour
  • Christine Latour
  • Veronique Sinou
  • Jean Michel Brunel
  • Hsaine Zgou
  • Yahia Mabkhot
  • Taibi Ben Hadda
  • Edward Turos
Original Research


This paper describes for the first time the synthesis and microbiological assessment of some new β-lactam derivatives containing a 1,8-naphthalimide functional group. These compounds were obtained through a [2 + 2] cyclocondensation (Staudinger reaction) of a ketene derived from 2-(1,3-dioxo-1H-benzo[de]isoquinolin-2(3H)-yl) acetic acid (Alrestatin) and various N-arylimines. The reaction was totally diastereoselective leading exclusively to the formation of trans-β-lactam adducts 3a–l, which were characterized by FT-Infra Red, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, mass spectrometry, elemental analyses, and X-ray crystallography, and then individually evaluated for antibacterial and antimalarial activities. Two of the β-lactams, 3c and 3l, afforded IC50 values of 3 and 5 µM, respectively, against Plasmodium falciparum K1 resistant strain.


β-Lactam 1,8-Naphthalimide Staudinger reaction Alrestatin Antimalarial 



The authors would like to thank the Shiraz University Research Council for financial support (Grant No. 95-GR-SC-23). T.B.H. and Y.N.M. extend their sincere appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University for funding this Prolific Research Group (PRG-1437-29).

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javad Ameri Rad
    • 1
  • Aliasghar Jarrahpour
    • 1
  • Christine Latour
    • 2
  • Veronique Sinou
    • 2
  • Jean Michel Brunel
    • 3
  • Hsaine Zgou
    • 4
  • Yahia Mabkhot
    • 5
  • Taibi Ben Hadda
    • 6
  • Edward Turos
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, College of SciencesShiraz UniversityShirazIran
  2. 2.Aix-Marseille Université, UMR-MD3 Relation hôte-parasites, Physiopathologie & Pharmacologie, Faculté de pharmacie, Bd Jean MoulinMarseilleFrance
  3. 3.Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie de Marseille (CRCM), CNRS, UMR7258, Institut Paoli CalmettesAix-Marseille Université, UM 105, Inserm, U1068, Faculté de Pharmacie, Bd Jean MoulinMarseilleFrance
  4. 4.Ibn Zohr University, Polydisciplinary FacultyOuarzazateMorocco
  5. 5.Department of Chemistry, College of ScienceKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  6. 6.LCM Laboratory, FSOUniversity of Mohammed Premier, Faculty of SciencesOujdaMorocco
  7. 7.Center for Molecular Diversity in Drug Design, Discovery, and Delivery, Department of ChemistryUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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