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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 345198, 12 pages
Review Article

Biological Aspects of Emerging Benzothiazoles: A Short Review

Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard, Hamdard University, New Delhi 110062, India

Received 10 May 2013; Accepted 29 June 2013

Academic Editor: Gabriel Navarrete-Vazquez

Copyright © 2013 Ruhi Ali and Nadeem Siddiqui. 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.


In recent years heterocyclic compounds analogues and derivatives have attracted wide attention due to their useful biological and pharmacological properties. Benzothiazole is among the usually occurring heterocyclic nuclei in many marine as well as natural plant products. Benzothiazole is a privileged bicyclic ring system with multiple applications. It is known to exhibit a wide range of biological properties including anticancer, antimicrobial, and antidiabetic, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antitubercular activities. A large number of therapeutic agents are synthesized with the help of benzothiazole nucleus. During recent years there have been some interesting developments in the biological activities of benzothiazole derivatives. These compounds have special significance in the field of medicinal chemistry due to their remarkable pharmacological potentialities. This review is mainly an attempt to present the research work reported in the recent scientific literature on different biological activities of benzothiazole compounds.