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Mar. Drugs 2014, 12(4), 1757-1772; doi:10.3390/md12041757

Synthesis and Anti-Tuberculosis Activity of the Marine Natural Product Caulerpin and Its Analogues

Received: 7 January 2014 / Revised: 6 February 2014 / Accepted: 27 February 2014 / Published: 27 March 2014
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Caulerpin (1a), a bis-indole alkaloid from the marine algal Caulerpa sp., was synthesized in three reaction steps with an overall yield of 11%. The caulerpin analogues (1b1g) were prepared using the same synthetic pathway with overall yields between 3% and 8%. The key reaction involved a radical oxidative aromatic substitution involving xanthate (3) and 3-formylindole compounds (4a4g). All bis-indole compounds synthesized were evaluated against the Mycobacterium tuberculosis strain H37Rv, and 1a was found to display excellent activity (IC50 0.24 µM).
Keywords: synthesis; caulerpin; analogues; anti-tuberculosis activity synthesis; caulerpin; analogues; anti-tuberculosis activity
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Chay, C.I.C.; Cansino, R.G.; Pinzón, C.I.E.; Torres-Ochoa, R.O.; Martínez, R. Synthesis and Anti-Tuberculosis Activity of the Marine Natural Product Caulerpin and Its Analogues. Mar. Drugs 2014, 12, 1757-1772.

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