Pyrazolines are well known and important nitrogen containing 5-membered heterocyclic compounds. In the present investigation, a series of various heteroaryl chalcones and pyrazolines were synthesized by condensing formylquinolines with diverse ketones. The newly synthesized 2-pyrazolines were characterized on the basis of elemental analysis and spectroscopic data. All of the newly synthesized target compounds were selected by the NCI for in vitro biological evaluation. These active compounds exhibited broad spectrum of various biological activities. Most of the compounds showed potent activity.

1. Introduction

Due to the rapid development of bacterial resistance to antibacterial agents, it is vital to discover novel scaffold for the design and synthesis of new antibacterial agents to help in the battle against pathogenic microorganisms [13]. Much research has been carried out with the aim to discover the therapeutic values of thiazole derivatives. A large number of substituted thiazole derivatives were prepared and tested for variety of biological properties [4] such as antimicrobial activity [5, 6]. Amongst the wide variety of heterocycles that have been explored for developing pharmaceutically important molecules such as cyanopyridines [79] and triazolopyridines [1012] have played an important role in medicinal chemistry. They are reported to possess a broad spectrum of biological activity such as potential cardiovascular agents, antiviral [13], CNS depressant [14, 15], bactericidal [16, 17], and ulcer inhibitors [18, 19]. Furthermore, researchers have also revealed that Phenothiazine derivatives constitute an important class of compounds possessing diverse type of biological properties including antiviral [2022], antiparasitic [23], antiparkinsonian [24, 25], anticonvulsant [26], antihistaminic [27], and anthelmintic [28] properties.

Encouraged by the literature reports and to assess the pharmacological profile of such class of compounds and in continuation with the wok related to the synthesis, spectral studies, and biological properties of pyrazolines, herein we report the synthesis of some novel pyrazolines and then their antibacterial and antifungal activities in the present study.

2. Materials and Methods

Melting points were determined by open capillary and are uncorrected. The purity of the compounds was checked using precoated TLC plates (MERCK, 60F) using chloroform : methanol : water (1 : 4 : 5) solvent system. The plates were visualized under UV light (254 nm). IR spectra were recorded using KBr on Shimadzu FTIR model 8000 spectrophotometer, and 1H NMR spectra were recorded in DMSO on a BRUKER FT-NMR instrument using TMS as an internal standard.

3. Experimental Studies

3.1. General Methods for the Synthesis of Chalcones

The three precursors, 2-chloroquinoline-3-carbaldehyde, 2-chloro-6-nitroquinoline-3-carbaldehyde, and 6-bromo-2-chloroquinoline-3-carbaldehyde, were prepared by the reported method in [29]. Synthesis of the compounds (1a–d, 2a–d, and 3a–d) (Scheme 1), was based on Claisen-Schmidt condensation [3032].


A mixture of quinoline-3-carbaldehyde (0.01 mol), ketone a–d (0.10 mol), and aq. NaOH (4 mL, 10%) in methanol (50 mL) was refluxed for 2 h, and the reaction mixture was then kept at 0°C (24 h). Subsequently, it was poured onto ice cold water (200 mL). The precipitates were collected by filtration and washed with cold water followed by cold MeOH. The resulting chalcones were recrystallized from CHCl3 and obtained in good yield (60–83%) (Table 1). Spectral data (IR, 1H-NMR, and MS) of all the newly synthesized chalcones were in full agreement with the proposed structures.

2-(2-Chloroquinoline-3-yl-methylene)-cyclopentanone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1648 (C=O), 1592 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ: 1.44 (2H, m, –CH2), 1.96 (2H, t, –CH2), 2.94 (2H, t, –CH2), 7.26 (1H, s, =CH-ylene), 7.43–8.33 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 257 (M+, 100%).

2-(2-Chloroquinoline-3-yl-methylene)-cyclohexanone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1656 (C=O), 1562 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ: 1.61 (2H, m, –CH2), 1.96 (2H, t, –CH2), 2.45 (2H, t, –CH2), 3.12 (2H, s, –CH2), 6.27 (1H, s, =CH-ylene), 7.43–8.33 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 271 (M+, 100%).

3-(2-Chloroquinoline-3-yl)-1-(4-nitrophenyl)-propenone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1644 (C=O), 1542 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ: 8.07–8.38 (4H, Ar-H), 7.56 (1H, d, ), 7.90 (1H, d, ), 7.13–8.50 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 338 (M+, 100%).

3-(2-Chloroquinoline-3-yl)-1-phenyl Propenone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1654 (C=O), 1581 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ:  7.45–7.81 (5H, Ar-H), 7.60 (1H, d, ), 7.82 (1H, d, ), 7.23–7.92 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 293 (M+, 100%).

2-(2-Nitroquinoline-3-yl-methylene)-cyclopentanone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1650 (C=O), 1560 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ: 1.41 (2H, m, –CH2), 1.85 (2H, t, –CH2), 2.73 (2H, t, –CH2), 7.51 (1H, s, =CH-ylene), 7.70–8.82 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 268 (M+, 100%).

2-(2-Nitroquinoline-3-yl-methylene)-cyclohexanone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1656 (C=O), 1553 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ: 1.53 (2H, m, –CH2), 1.87 (2H, t, –CH2), 2.82 (2H, t, –CH2), 3.05 (2H, s, –CH2), 6.61 (1H, s, =CH-ylene), 7.41–8.27 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 282 (M+, 100%).

1-(4-Nitrophenyl)-3-(2-nitroquinolin-3-yl)-propenone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1654 (C=O), 1548 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ: 8.21–8.48 (4H, Ar-H), 7.51 (1H, d, ), 7.85 (1H, d, ), 7.11–8.51 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 349 (M+, 100%).

3-(2-Nitroquinolin-3-yl)-1-phenyl Propenone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1656 (C=O), 1587 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ: 7.21–7.73 (5H, Ar-H), 7.51 (1H, d, ), 7.90 (1H, d, ), 7.29–7.76 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 304 (M+, 100%).

2-(2-Bromo-quinoline-3-yl-methylene)-cyclopentanone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1665 (C=O), 1590 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ: 1.46 (2H, m, –CH2), 1.64 (2H, t, –CH2), 2.41 (2H, t, –CH2), 7.50 (1H, s, =CH-ylene), 7.48–8.60 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 301 (M+, 100%).

2-(2-Bromo-quinoline-3-yl-methylene)-cyclohexanone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1656 (C=O), 1553 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ: 1.60 (2H, m, –CH2), 1.95 (2H, t, –CH2), 2.44 (2H, t, –CH2), 3.11 (2H, s, –CH2), 6.26 (1H, s, =CH-ylene), 7.48–8.54 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 315 (M+, 100%).

3-(2-Bromoquinolin-3-yl)-1-(4-nitrophenyl)-propenone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1634 (C=O), 1556 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ: 8.01–8.24 (4H, Ar-H), 7.58 (1H, d, ), 7.92 (1H, d, ), 7.45–8.16 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 382 (M+, 100%).

3-(2-Bromoquinolin-3-yl)-1-phenyl Propenone. IR (KBr) cm−1: 1645 (C=O), 1556 (C=C). 1H-NMR (CDCl3) δ: 7.42–7.84 (5H, Ar-H), 7.43 (1H, d, ), 7.76 (1H, d, ), 7.65–7.86 (5H, quinoline Ar-H). MS (m/z): 338 (M+, 100%).

4. Antibacterial Screening

Antimicrobial activity was carried out by cup-plate agar diffusion method at a concentration of 50 μg/mL in solvent DMF. The purified products were screened for their antibacterial activity. The nutrient agar slant prepared by the usual method was incubated at 37 ± 5°C for 24 h. The zone of inhibition was measured in mm. The antimicrobial activity of the synthesized compounds was compared with standard drugs.

All series of compounds nearly exhibit the same antimicrobial activities against all the four bacterial strains, that is, B. subtilis, B. pumilius, E. coli, and S. aureus (Table 2). Among all series of compounds, 1a, 2b, and 3c exhibit strong antibacterial activity. Introduction of aromatic ketone increases the activity against all microorganisms. It is further increased by the incorporation of NO2 group at the fourth position of aromatic ketone. Amongst the aliphatic ketone, five membered compounds show decrease in activity (1a1c) in comparison with six membered compounds (2b2d). In general, aromatic introduction in the compounds enhances the activity, while activity is suppressed by introduction of aliphatic group in the compounds.

5. Antifungal Screening

The antifungal activities of the compounds 1ad, 2ad, and 3ad have been assayed at the concentration of 200 μg/disc assays against four plants pathogenic and moulds fungi. The inhibitory effects of compounds against these organisms are given in Table 3. The screening results indicate that the compound shows good to moderate antifungal activities to the tested fungi against Curvularia eryostides, Drecheslera tetrameda, Fusarium cicerg, and Bipolaris sorokenia.

All the compounds show promising antifungal activity against all fungi except Bipolaris sorokiniana (Table 3). All the compounds show strong activity against Drechslera tetramera and Fusarium ciceri compared with that of the other two fungi. As in the case of antimicrobial, introduction of aromatic group enhances the activity of 2c, 2d, 3c, and 3d. Introduction of NO2 group at fourth position increases the activity of 1c, 2c, and 3c.

Introduction of electron withdrawing group shows remarkable difference in biological activity (both antimicrobial and antifungal).

No systematic change has been observed in antibacterial and antifungal activity for the rest of the compounds.

6. Conclusion

All the synthesized compounds were characterized with their physical and spectral data. The antifungal and antibacterial screening of the synthesized pyrazolines were found to be active.

This research study reports the successful synthesis of new heteroaryl pyrazoline. It also reports antimicrobial and antifungal studies of synthesized compounds. The biological study revealed that compounds showed moderate to good activity.


The author is thankful to the Department of Chemistry, Government Vidarbha Institute of Science & Humanities, Amravati, Maharashtra, India, and Director of Garware Lab, Department of Chemistry, Pune University, Pune, for 1H NMR spectral characterization.