Palladium(0)-Catalysed Carbonylative Multicomponent Reactions: Synthesis of Heterocycles and the Application of Quinolinyl Pyrimidines as Enzyme Inhibitors

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  • Plats: B41, BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala
  • Doktorand: Åkerbladh, Linda
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  • Arrangör: Avdelningen för organisk farmaceutisk kemi
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Palladium-catalysed carbonylative multicomponent reactions have proven useful for the synthesis of structurally diverse compounds. Carbon monoxide serves as an atom-efficient, one-carbon building block, which allows for further structural elaboration of the carbonyl compound. By varying the components of the carbonylative multicomponent reaction, considerable product diversity can readily be attained. However, due to the reluctance to use toxic CO gas, considerable efforts have been directed at exploring non-gaseous approaches. The work described in this thesis has mainly focused on the development of palladium(0)-catalysed, carbonylative multicomponent synthetic methodology, using the non-gaseous CO source molybdenum hexacarbonyl, in the synthesis of heterocycles and other biologically relevant functional groups.

The first part of this work describes the development of a non-gaseous carbonylative Sonogashira cross-coupling of bifunctional ortho-iodoanilines and terminal alkynes. Where 4-quinolones were synthesised via a carbonylation/cyclisation sequence. Using a similar synthetic strategy, three different N-cyanobenzamide intermediates were prepared by palladium-catalysed carbonylative couplings of various aryl halides and bromides and cyanamide. The formed intermediates provided a basis for further chemical transformations. First, ortho-iodoanilines were carbonylatively coupled with cyanamide and subsequently cyclised to yield heterocyclic 2-aminoquinazolinones. Next, building on those findings, the same synthetic strategy was applied to ortho-halophenols to provide a highly convenient domino carbonylation/cyclisation method for the preparation of benzoxazinones. The developed method was used to evaluate the efficiency of various non-gaseous CO sources. Third, the palladium-catalysed carbonylative synthesis of N-cyanobenzamides, was used to produce biologically relevant N-acylguanidines with considerable product diversity. Finally, one of the developed carbonylative methodologies was used in the preparation of potential NDH-2 inhibitors based on a quinolinyl pyrimidine scaffold. The prepared compounds were biologically evaluated in terms of inhibition of oxidoreductase NDH-2 and antibacterial activity on Gram-negative bacteria, S. aureus and Mtb. The biological evaluation revealed that some of the quinolinyl pyrimidines exerted inhibitory activity on the NDH-2 enzyme and possessed antibacterial properties.

The work described in this thesis has been devoted to the development of non-gaseous one-pot, multicomponent carbonylation/cyclisation and carbonylation/amination reactions. The described methods offer highly attractive synthetic strategies that can be of great value to synthetic and medicinal chemists.