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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 848543, 12 pages
Green Route for Efficient Synthesis of Novel Amino Acid Schiff Bases as Potent Antibacterial and Antifungal Agents and Evaluation of Cytotoxic Effects
1Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Mody Institute of Technology and Science, Lakshmangarh, Rajasthan 332311, India
2Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer, Rajasthan 305009, India
Received 7 May 2013; Revised 2 November 2013; Accepted 20 November 2013; Published 30 January 2014
Academic Editor: Marijan Kocevar
Copyright © 2014 Harshita Sachdeva et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Green chemical one-pot multicomponent condensation reaction of substituted 1H-indole-2,3-diones (1), various amino acids (2), and thiosemicarbazide (3) is found to be catalyzed by lemon juice as natural acid using water as a green solvent to give the corresponding Schiff bases (4) in good to excellent yields. This method is experimentally simple, clean, high yielding, and green, with reduced reaction times. The product is purified by simple filtration followed by washing with water and drying process. The synthesized compounds are characterized by FT-IR, 13CNMR, and 1HNMR spectroscopy and are screened for their antifungal activity against Aspergillus niger, Penicillium notatum, Fusarium oxysporum, Alternaria brassicicola, Chaetomium orium, and Lycopodium sp. and antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, Bacillus licheniformis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Micrococcus luteus, and Gram-negative bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. Compounds have also been evaluated for cytotoxic effects against human colon cancer cell line Colo205.
In recent years, environmentally benign synthetic methods have received considerable attention and some green protocols have been developed [1, 2]. There has been a large emphasis both in the chemical industry and in academic research on the development of environmentally benign solvents and reaction conditions. Organic synthetic procedures use organic solvents like benzene and chlorinated hydrocarbons, which have created havoc to the environment because of their toxic and volatile nature [3, 4].
To reduce such disasters there is a need to use a safer reaction medium like water. Water is nontoxic, safe, and cheap and never leads to menace to the environment [5–10]. The use of water as a solvent [11–13] is undoubtedly the best alternative as there are generally no harsh reaction conditions and no need of vigorous drying of the solvents.
Schiff bases have been playing vital roles in the preparation of a large number of industrial and biologically active compounds via closure, cycloaddition, and replacement reactions. They are also known for their diversified biological activities such as anti-inflammatory, allergic inhibitors, radical scavenging, analgesic and antioxidative action, and so forth [14–16]. Further, the incorporation of oxindole nuclei is an important synthetic strategy in drug discovery. Oxindoles have shown an extensive range of biological effects, including antibacterial, antifungal, anticonvulsant, antiviral, and antiproliferative activity . On the other hand, heterocyclic compounds possessing 1,3,4-thiadiazole ring system show antifungal, bacteriostatic, anthelmintic  effect as well as depression effect on central nervous system . Palaska et al.  reported 1,3,4-thiadiazole derivatives that exhibited analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities.
Considering the numerous applications of Schiff bases in various fields of chemistry, there has been tremendous interest in developing efficient methods for their preparation. Synthesis of Schiff base is often carried out with acid catalyst and generally by refluxing the mixture of aldehyde (or ketone) and amine in organic medium . Classical organic synthesis of Schiff bases commonly meets the problem of removing solvents from the reaction mixture . To overcome the difficulties in the removal of water, alternative method has been employed in which Lewis acid is used as catalyst which accelerates nucleophilic attack of amines on carbonyl carbon as well as serving as dehydrating agent for removal of the water. Several methods have been reported in the literature in which Lewis acids were used as catalysts such as ZnCl2 , TiCl4 , alumina , and P2O5  and also by using materials like hydrotalcite . Environmentally benign methods for the synthesis of Schiff bases have also been reported in the literature [28–32]. Although reported methodologies have their own advantages, they are overled by prolonged reaction time, the high reaction temperatures, an excess of costly dehydrating reagents/catalysts, moisture sensitive catalysts, special apparatus, and so forth.
It has been observed that the incorporation of more than one bioactive heterocyclic moiety into a single framework may result in the production of novel heterocycles with enhanced bioactivity. Keeping in view the diverse biological activities associated with oxindole and thiadiazole, we have synthesized Schiff bases incorporating these moieties and the synthesized compounds were evaluated for their antibacterial, antifungal, and cytotoxic effects. Moreover, Schiff bases have been synthesized in aqueous medium under the framework of green chemistry in moderate to good yields and short reaction time. The condensation reaction occurs very efficiently in the presence of water and the product can be isolated simply by filtration without the need of any further purification.
2. Results and Discussion
In continuation of our work to develop green methodologies for the synthesis of organic compounds [33–36], herein we wish to report a mild and highly efficient procedure for the synthesis of 3-[1-(5-amino-[1,3,4]-thiadiazol-2-yl)substitutedethylimino]-5-substituted-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one derivatives (4) using water as a green solvent and citric acid as a green catalyst (Scheme 1). 4 was synthesized by the one-pot multicomponent condensation reaction of substituted 1H-indole-2,3diones (1), various amino acids (2), and thiosemicarbazide (3) in the presence of lemon juice. The role of lemon juice in catalyzing the reaction was demonstrated by the lack of Schiff base formation when the reaction was carried out in the absence of catalyst. As lemon juice is acidic in nature (pH ≈ 2-3) and percentage of citric acid (5–7%) is more than other acids, it works as acid catalyst for Schiff base formation . Using this methodology these reactions were completed in shorter reaction times (2-3 hrs) with yields of the product ranging from 70 to 86%. For the present reaction, we have used extract of Citrus limonum species of lemon as natural catalyst. The main ingredients of lemon juice are moisture (85%), carbohydrates (11.2%), citric acid (5–7%), protein (1%), vitamin C (0.5%), fat (0.9%), minerals (0.3%), fibers (1.6%), and some other organic acids.
This green route method requires simple work-up procedure, that is, simple filtration to isolate the products as they are insoluble in water and the desired products are obtained with satisfactory yields without any further purification. Considering the reaction time with water as solvent and yield of products this process was selected as green, environmental benign, clean, and safe to promote the synthesis of various Schiff’s bases (Table 1). This acceleration has been attributed to many factors, including the hydrophobic effect [38, 39], enhanced hydrogen bonding in the transition state , and the high cohesive energy density of water [41, 42].
Initially, we attempted to synthesize Schiff bases incorporating oxindole and 1,3,4-thiadiazole moieties in water by the reaction of 1, 2, and 3 in the presence of POCl3 . Reaction gets completed in 5-6 hrs resulting in the formation of 4 with yields ranging from 60 to 70%. After the successful completion of reaction in water in the presence of POCl3, we decided to synthesize Schiff bases by employing lemon juice (2 mL) as green catalyst for green approach (Scheme 1) resulting in quantitative yield (70–86%) of the corresponding Schiff bases within 2 to 3 hrs. However, in the absence of lemon juice, spiro(indole-triazoles) are formed . We have also carried out this reaction in the presence of citric acid but the yield of the product (4) was found to be low (60–70%) as compared to that carried out using lemon juice as a green catalyst (70–86%). All the synthesized compounds were found to be chiral . The occurrence of E/Z isomerism at the imine band of the molecules was suggested by Sari and Gürkan .
To establish the scope and limitations of lemon juice as a catalyst for Schiff base formation, structurally diverse 1H-indole-2,3-diones were treated with variously substituted amino acids under the catalytic influence of lemon juice and the results are summarized in Table 1. The purity of the compounds was checked by TLC using silica gel-G as adsorbent. The identity of the products obtained was confirmed by their IR, 13C NMR, and 1H NMR spectral studies. The stretching bands derived from –OH and C=O of carboxylic acid were disappeared with the appearance of new two bands at 3259 and 3157 cm−1 due to asymmetric and symmetric stretching vibrations of NH2 group. This evidence clearly confirmed the formation of compound 4.
In summary, it can be stated that the present green synthetic protocol is highly efficient as it avoids the use of hazardous solvents at any stage of the reaction. As cited in Scheme 1, not only does the use of water as solvent allow for rapid reactions, but also the products are often insoluble in water, facilitating their ready isolation.
3. Experimental Section
Reagents and solvents were obtained from commercial sources and used without further purification. Melting points were determined on a Toshniwal apparatus. The spectral analyses of synthesized compounds have been carried out at SAIF, Punjab University, Chandigarh. Purity of all compounds was checked by TLC using “G” coated glass plates and n-hexane : ethyl acetate (7 : 3) as eluent. IR spectra were recorded in KBr on a Perkin Elmer Infrared RXI FTIR spectrophotometer and 1HNMR spectra were recorded on Bruker Avance II 400 NMR spectrometer using DMSO-d6 and CDCl3 as solvent and tetramethylsilane (TMS) as internal reference standard. The obtained products were identified from their spectral (1HNMR, 13C NMR, and IR) studies.
3.2. General Procedure for Extraction of Lemon Juice
Fresh lemon was cut by using knife and then pieces were pressed manually using domestic presser to extract juice. Then juice was then filtered through cotton/muslin cloth and then through filter paper to remove solid material and to get clear juice which was used as a catalyst.
3.3. Green Route for the Synthesis of 3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]-thiadiazol-2-yl)-substitutedethylimino]-5-substituted-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-ones (4a–p)
An equimolar mixture of substituted 1H-indole-2,3-diones (0.012 mol), amino acids (0.012 mol), and thiosemicarbazide in water (15 mL containing 1 mL of ethanol) in the presence of lemon juice (2 mL) was mixed in round bottom flask and the mixture was refluxed for the time needed to complete the reaction (as monitored by TLC). The initial syrupy reaction mixture solidifies within 2-3 hrs. After completion of reaction, mixture was cooled to room temperature and the solid mass obtained was filtered, washed with water, and dried. The desired products were obtained with satisfactory yields without any further purification.
The spectroscopic characterization data of (4a–p) are given below.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-ethylimino]-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4a). m.p. 195°C; IR (KBr): 3259, 3157, 2923, 1706, 1619, 1585, 1462, 673 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 1.56 (d, 3H, CH3), 4.59 (q, 1H, CH), 7.03–7.67 (m, 4H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 23.8, 51.4, 120, 122, 124, 128, 132, 146.4, 162, 176, 178. Anal.calcd for C12H11N5OS: C, 52.73; H, 4.06; N, 25.62. Found: C, 52.91; H, 4.09; N, 25.63.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-3-methylsulfanyl-propylimino]-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4b). m.p. 170°C; IR (KBr): 3263, 3177, 2980, 1706, 1620, 1580, 1462, 670 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 2.09 (s, 3H, CH3), 2.31 (q, 2H, CH2), 2.44 (t, 2H, CH2), 4.41 (t, 1H, CH), 7.03–7.67 (m, 4H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 17, 30.4, 38.2, 52.4, 122, 124, 126, 128, 132, 146.2, 160, 172, 174. Anal.calcd for C14H15N5OS2: C, 50.43; H, 4.53; N, 21.00. Found: C, 50.24; H, 4.56; N, 21.02.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-(1H-imidazol-4-yl)-ethylimino]-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4c). m.p. 103°C; IR (KBr): 3260, 3175, 2986, 1705, 1619, 1585, 1462, 673 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 3.33 (d, 2H, CH2), 4.80 (t, 1H, CH), 6.80 (d, 1H, CH), 8.73 (d, 1H, CH), 7.03–7.67 (m, 4H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H), 13.4 (dd, 1H, NH) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 36, 56, 118, 120, 122.6, 124.8, 128.2, 132.2, 134.2, 136.8, 146.8, 162.8, 174.2, 176. Anal.calcd for C15H13N7OS: C, 53.09; H, 3.86; N, 28.89. Found: C, 53.27; H, 3.89; N, 28.91.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-(1H-indol-3-yl)-ethylimino]-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4d). m.p. 190°C; IR (KBr): 3263, 3177, 2980, 1706, 1619, 1580, 1462, 670 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 3.20 (d, 2H, CH2), 4.80 (t, 1H, CH), 7.18 (s 1H, CH), 10.85 (s, 1H, NH), 7.03–7.67 (m, 4H, aromatic), 6.97–7.58 (m, 4H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 36.8, 58, 110, 112, 118, 120.2, 122.8, 124, 128, 130.2, 132.6, 136, 146, 164.4, 176, 178.2. Anal.calcd for C20H16N6OS: C, 61.84; H, 4.15; N, 21.63. Found: C, 61.66; H, 4.18; N, 21.65.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-methylbutylimino]-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4e). m.p. 170°C; IR (KBr): 3263, 3086, 2986, 2876, 1733, 1621, 1594, 1462, 673 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 0.96 (t, 3H, CH3), 1.29 (q, 2H, CH2), 1.06 (d, 3H, CH3), 2.00 (m, 1H, CH), 4.40 (d, 1H, CH), 7.03–7.67 (m, 4H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 11.6, 15.8, 24.8, 38, 58.2, 120.2, 122.2, 124.8, 128, 132, 142.2, 162.2, 176.2, 178. Anal.calcd for C15H17N5OS: C, 57.12; H, 5.43; N, 22.21. Found: C, 57.32; H, 5.45; N, 22.23.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-methylpropylimino]-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4f). m.p. 190°C; IR (KBr): 3260, 3150, 2877, 2803, 1695, 1620, 1580, 1465, 670 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 1.01 (d, 3H, CH3), 1.01 (d, 3H, CH3), 2.2 (m, 1H, CH), 4.40 (d, 1H, CH), 7.03–7.67 (m, 4H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 18.2, 36.2, 78.6, 110, 126, 128, 130, 142, 143, 162.8, 176, 178.2. Anal.calcd for C14H15N5OS: C, 55.80; H, 5.02; N, 23.24. Found: C, 55.62; H, 5.04; N, 23.25.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-hydroxyethylimino]-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4g). m.p. 98°C; IR (KBr): 3465, 3263, 3177, 2980, 1706, 1619, 1580, 1462, 673 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 4.30 (d, 2H, CH2), 4.50 (t, 1H, CH), 4.78 (s, 1H, OH), 7.03–7.67 (m, 4H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 51.4, 68, 120, 122, 124, 128, 132, 146.2, 162.8, 176.2, 178.8. Anal.calcd for C12H11N5O2S: C, 49.82; H, 3.83; N, 24.21. Found: C, 49.63; H, 3.85; N, 24.22.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-phenyl-ethylimino]-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4h). m.p. 140°C; IR (KBr): 3265, 3175, 2986, 1705, 1620, 1580, 1465, 670 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 3.33 (d, 2H, CH2), 4.80 (t, 1H, CH), 7.12–7.26 (m, 5H, aromatic), 7.03–7.67 (m, 4H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 42.8, 56.4, 120, 122, 124.2, 128.8, 132, 138, 146.2, 162.8, 176.2, 178. Anal.calcd for C18H15N5OS: C, 61.87; H, 4.33; N, 20.04. Found: C, 61.68; H, 4.35; N, 20.06.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-phenylethylimino]-5-chloro-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4i). m.p. 140°C; IR (KBr): 3263, 3177, 2980, 1706, 1619, 1580, 1462, 695, 670 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 3.33 (d, 2H, CH2), 4.80 (t, 1H, CH), 7.12–7.26 (m, 5H, aromatic), 7.28–7.61 (m, 3H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 42, 56, 120.2, 122.4, 124, 128, 132, 144, 162, 176, 178.8. Anal.calcd for C18H14ClN5OS: C, 56.32; H, 3.68; N, 18.24. Found: C, 56.51; H, 3.66; N, 18.25.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-(1H-imidazol-4-yl)-ethylimino]-5-chloro-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4j). m.p. 202°C; IR (KBr): 3265, 3170, 2985, 1705, 1619, 1580, 1462, 698, 670 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 3.33 (d, 2H, CH2), 4.80 (t, 1H, CH), 6.80 (d, 1H, CH), 8.73 (d, 1H, CH), 7.28–7.61 (m, 3H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H), 13.4 (dd, 1H, NH) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 38, 56.8, 120, 122.2, 124, 128.6, 132, 136, 162.2, 176.4, 178. Anal.calcd for C15H12ClN7OS: C, 48.19; H, 3.24; N, 26.23. Found: C, 48.38; H, 3.26; N, 26.24.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-3-methylsulfanyl-propylimino]-5-chloro-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4k). m.p. 190°C; IR (KBr): 3263, 3177, 2980, 1706, 1620, 1580, 1465, 690, 673 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 2.09 (s, 3H, CH3), 2.31 (q, 2H, CH2), 2.44 (t, 2H, CH2), 4.41 (t, 1H, CH), 7.28–7.61 (m, 3H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 18, 30.4, 38, 54.4, 120.2, 122.8, 124.4, 128, 132, 144, 162, 176 and 178. Anal.calcd for C14H14ClN5OS2: C, 45.71; H, 3.84; N, 19.04. Found: C, 45.52; H, 3.86; N, 19.05.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-(1H-indol-3-yl)-ethylimino]-5-chloro-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4l). m.p. 180°C; IR (KBr): 3265, 3175, 2986, 1705, 1619, 1580, 1462, 695, 670 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 3.20 (d, 2H, CH2), 4.80 (t, 1H, CH), 7.18 (s 1H, CH), 10.85 (s, 1H, NH), 7.28–7.61 (m, 3H, aromatic), 6.97–7.58 (m, 4H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 36, 58.4, 110, 112, 120, 122, 124, 128.2, 132, 136, 144.4, 162.8, 176.2, 178.2. Anal.calcd for C20H15ClN6OS: C, 56.80; H, 3.58; N, 19.87. Found: C, 56.61; H, 3.55; N, 19.89.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-phenyl-ethylimino]-5-nitro-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4m). m.p. 210°C; IR (KBr): 3263, 3177, 2980, 1706, 1615, 1580, 1462, 1362, 670 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 3.33 (d, 2H, CH2), 4.80 (t, 1H, CH), 7.12–7.26 (m, 5H, aromatic), 7.93–8.53 (m, 3H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 42, 56.4, 120, 122, 124, 128, 132, 144, 152, 162, 176, 178. Anal.calcd for C18H14N6O3S: C, 54.81; H, 3.58; N, 21.31. Found: C, 54.62; H, 3.56; N, 21.34.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-(1H-imidazol-4-yl)-ethylimino]-5-nitro-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4n). m.p. 203°C; IR (KBr): 3265, 3175, 2986, 1705, 1619, 1585, 1460, 1365, 672 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 3.33 (d, 2H, CH2), 4.80 (t, 1H, CH), 6.80 (d, 1H, CH), 8.73 (d, 1H, CH), 7.93–8.53 (m, 3H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H), 13.4 (dd, 1H, NH) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 37, 56, 118, 120.2, 122.8, 124.6, 128.2, 132.2, 144.4, 152.2, 162.8, 176.2, 178.4. Anal.calcd for C15H12N8O3S: C, 46.87; H, 3.15; N, 29.15. Found: C, 46.68; H, 3.17; N, 29.17.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-3-methylsulfanyl-propylimino]-5-nitro-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4o). m.p. 130°C; IR (KBr): 3260, 3170, 2985, 1702, 1615, 1580, 1462, 1362, 670 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 2.09 (s, 3H,CH3), 2.31 (q, 2H, CH2), 2.44 (t, 2H, CH2), 4.41 (t, 1H, CH), 7.93–8.53 (m, 3H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 18, 30, 38, 54, 122.2, 124.8, 128.4, 134.2, 144.8, 152.6, 162.2, 176.4, 178.2. Anal.calcd for C14H14N6O3S2: C, 44.43; H, 3.73; N, 22.21. Found: C, 44.62; H, 3.71; N, 22.23.
3-[1-(5-Amino-[1,3,4]thiadiazol-2-yl)-2-(1H-indol-3-yl)-ethylimino]-5-nitro-2,3-dihydro-indol-2-one (4p). m.p. 212°C; IR (KBr): 3263, 3177, 2980, 1706, 1620, 1585, 1460, 1362, 675 cm−1; 1H NMR (DMSO-d6): 3.20 (d, 2H, CH2), 4.80 (t, 1H, CH), 7.18 (s 1H, CH), 10.85 (s, 1H, NH), 7.93–8.53 (m, 3H, aromatic), 6.97–7.58 (m, 4H, aromatic), 7.22 (s, 2H, NH2), 11.18 (s, 1H, N–H) ppm. 13C-NMR (400 MHz, DMSO): 36, 58.4, 110, 118, 120.2, 122, 124, 128, 132, 144, 152, 162, 176.8, 178. Anal.calcd for C20H15N7O3S: C, 55.42; H, 3.49; N, 22.62. Found: C, 55.23; H, 3.47; N, 22.63.
4. Antimicrobial Activity
4.1. Antibacterial Activity
All the synthesized compounds were tested for in vitro antibacterial activity by twofold serial dilution assay  against the reference compound streptomycin. The minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) is shown in Tables 2 and 4. During MIC determination by twofold serial dilution method, compounds 4g, 4j, and 4m exhibit good activities against all bacterial strains at a MIC value of 1000 μg/mL. Admirable activities against M. luteus and E. coli are displayed by compounds 4d, 4e, 4g, 4h, 4i, 4j, 4l, and 4o at a MIC value of 500 μg/mL. Compounds, 4a, 4e, 4o, and 4p display higher activities against S. aureus, at a MIC value of 1000 μg/mL.
4.2. Antifungal Activity
The antifungal activity of the compounds was also studied with Aspergillus sp., Penicillium sp., Alternaria brassicicola, Chaetomium orium, and Lycopodium sp. fungi. The results are summarized in Tables 2 and 3. It has been observed that all synthesized chemical compounds showed lesser antifungal activity as compared to antibacterial activity. On MIC determination, compounds 4h, 4i, 4k, and 4m showed excellent antimicrobial activities at a MIC value of 1000 μg/mL. Modest activities are displayed by compound 4n against Aspergillus sp. and Chaetomium orium at a MIC value of >1000 μg/mL, whereas compound 4a, 4c, and 4g exhibit mild activities against Aspergillus sp. and Lycopodium sp. at a MIC value of 1000 μg/mL.
Determination of Minimal Inhibitory Concentrations (MIC). Minimum inhibitory concentration was determined by twofold serial dilution method . A series of test tubes were prepared containing the same volume of media inoculated with the test organism. Drug was added to the tubes in a stepwise dilution by a factor of 2 (twofold serial dilution); that is, the concentration of drug in the first tube is 1000 μg/mL, in the second tube it will be 500 μg/mL, and in the third it will be 250 μg/mL. Cultures were incubated at 24 hrs for bacteria at 37°C and 48 hrs for fungi at 30°C. One tube was left without drug only solvent to serve as a positive control for the growth of the organism. After incubation, tubes were examined for microbial growth and the minimum inhibitory concentrations (the minimum concentration of each treatment that inhibits microbial growth after the incubation period) were measured. Tubes are inspected visually to determine the growth of the organism indicated by turbidity and simultaneously streak on Petri dish containing nutrient agar medium; after incubation (24 hours for bacteria and 48 hrs for fungal strains) microbial growth were measured.
From the screening results, it is observed that the presence of electron withdrawing groups like Cl and NO2 group at 5th position of indole ring exhibits significant activity in comparison to unsubstituted compounds. However other synthesized compounds of the series also exhibit moderate to significant activity against the microorganisms as mentioned above.
4.3. Evaluation of Cytotoxic Effects
The uncontrolled growth of cells in the body, started due to certain stimuli, lays the foundation of cancer. Anticancer drugs either kill cancer cells or modify their growth. Among the heterocyclic compounds, five membered heterocyclic moieties fused with aromatic ring system with various heteroatoms like N, S, and O are potential anticancer agents . Synthesis of nitrogen containing heterocyclic compounds has been a subject of great interest due to the wide application in agrochemical and pharmaceutical fields. Heterocycles like indole, pyrimidine, pyridine, quinoline, and so forth are an integral part of a huge number of natural and synthetic compounds and play important roles in the biological systems. For developing the suitable leads for anticancer drugs, introduction of appropriate substituents at C-3 of indole is required . It has also been observed that Schiff bases also play a major role in developing cytotoxic drugs [49, 50]. Hence, an attempt has been made to synthesize Schiff bases incorporating indole moiety and the synthesized compounds 4a, 4e, 4f, and 4h were evaluated  for their cytotoxic effects against Human colon cancer cell line Colo205. Percent growth was calculated on a plate-by-plate basis for test wells relative to control wells.
Percent growth was expressed as the ratio of average absorbance of the test well to the average absorbance of the control wells 100.
Using the six-absorbance measurements [time zero (Tz), control growth (C), and test growth in the presence of drug at the four concentration levels (Ti)], the percentage growth was calculated at each of the drug concentration levels.
Percentage growth inhibition was calculated as [(Ti − Tz)/(C − Tz)] × 100 for concentrations for which Ti ≥ Tz (Ti − Tz) positive or zero, [(Ti − Tz)/Tz] × 100 for concentrations for which Ti < Tz. (Ti − Tz) negative.
The dose response parameters were calculated for each test article. Growth inhibition of 50% (GI50) was calculated from [(Ti − Tz)/(C − Tz)] × 100 = 50, which is the drug concentration resulting in a 50% reduction in the net protein increase (as measured by SRB staining) in control cells during the drug incubation. The drug concentration resulting in total growth inhibition (TGI) was calculated from Ti = Tz. The LC50 (concentration of drug resulting in a 50% reduction in the measured protein at the end of the drug treatment as compared to that at the beginning) indicating a net loss of cells following treatment is calculated from
Values were calculated for each of these three parameters if the level of activity was reached; however, if the effect was not reached or was exceeded, the values for that parameter were expressed as greater or less than the maximum or minimum concentration tested. The data of anticancer activity in terms of % control growth at different molar drug concentrations are shown in Table 4. Unfortunately, the evaluated compounds were not found to be active against human colon cancer cell line. Growth curve is presented in Figure 1.
4.3.1. Definitions and Notes
GI50: growth inhibition of 50% (GI50) is calculated from [(Ti − Tz)/(C − Tz)] × 100 = 50, drug concentration resulting in a 50% reduction in the net protein increase; TGI: drug concentration resulting in total growth inhibition (TGI) will be calculated from Ti = Tz; LC50: concentration of drug resulting in a 50% reduction in the measured protein at the end of the drug treatment (as compared to that at the beginning) indicating a net loss of 50% cells following treatment is calculated from [(Ti − Tz)/Tz] × 100 = −50; ADR: Adriamycin (doxorubicin) is positive control compound;
GI50 value of ≤10−6 (i.e., 1 µmole) or ≤10 µg/mL is considered to demonstrate activity in case of pure compounds.
For extracts, GI50 value ≤20 µg/mL is considered to demonstrate activity.
The bold highlighted test values under GI50 column indicate activity (see Table 5).
We have developed a convenient, simple, efficient, and eco-friendly green procedure for the synthesis of Schiff bases from 1H-indole-2,3-diones, various amino acids, and thiosemicarbazide under mild reaction conditions in an aqueous medium. Some of the major advantages of this protocol are the ambient conditions, good to excellent yields, simple work-up procedure, and use of water as a desirable solvent for chemical reaction for reasons cost, safety, and environmental concerns. Further, use of lemon juice as green catalyst makes this methodology an alternative platform to organic solvent conventional synthesis under the umbrella of environmentally greener and safer processes. The synthesized compounds are found to be active against tested pathogens. The above results of antifungal and antibacterial screening establish the fact that thiadiazole substituted indole derivatives can be studied further to explore out newer antimicrobial compounds.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
The authors are thankful to the Dean, FET, MITS, and HOD, Science and Humanities, for providing necessary research facilities in the department. Financial assistance from FET, MITS, is gratefully acknowledged. They are also thankful to the director, The Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), TATA Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India, for anticancer screening, and SAIF, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India, for the spectral analyses of synthesized compounds.
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