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Quinolines and Quinolones as Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-virulence, Antiviral and Anti-parasitic Agents

  • Lidija SenerovicEmail author
  • Dejan Opsenica
  • Ivana Moric
  • Ivana Aleksic
  • Marta Spasić
  • Branka Vasiljevic
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series


Infective diseases have become health threat of a global proportion due to appearance and spread of microorganisms resistant to majority of therapeutics currently used for their treatment. Therefore, there is a constant need for development of new antimicrobial agents, as well as novel therapeutic strategies. Quinolines and quinolones, isolated from plants, animals, and microorganisms, have demonstrated numerous biological activities such as antimicrobial, insecticidal, anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet, and antitumor. For more than two centuries quinoline/quinolone moiety has been used as a scaffold for drug development and even today it represents an inexhaustible inspiration for design and development of novel semi-synthetic or synthetic agents exhibiting broad spectrum of bioactivities. The structural diversity of synthetized compounds provides high and selective activity attained through different mechanisms of action, as well as low toxicity on human cells. This review describes quinoline and quinolone derivatives with antibacterial, antifungal, anti-virulent, antiviral, and anti-parasitic activities with the focus on the last 10 years literature.


Antibiotics Antifungals Anti-parasitics Antivirals Anti-virulence activity Quinoline/quinolone derivatives 



This study has been funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Republic of Serbia (Grants No. 173048 and No.172008).


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  • Lidija Senerovic
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  • Dejan Opsenica
    • 2
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  • Ivana Moric
    • 1
  • Ivana Aleksic
    • 1
  • Marta Spasić
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  • Branka Vasiljevic
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic EngineeringUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Institute of Chemistry, Technology and MetallurgyUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Center of excellence in Environmental Chemistry and EngineeringICTM - University of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  4. 4.Faculty of ChemistryUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia

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