Review on Chemistry and Therapeutic Activity of the Derivatives of Furan and Oxazole: The Oxygen Containing Heterocycles

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Review Article - Der Pharma Chemica ( 2019) Volume 11, Issue 1

Review on Chemistry and Therapeutic Activity of the Derivatives of Furan and Oxazole: The Oxygen Containing Heterocycles

Emdor Mi Rymbai1, Anurag Chakraborty2, Ratna Choudhury3, Neeraj Verma4 and Biplab De1*
1Regional Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Abhoynagar, Agartala, Tripura, India
2Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, WB, India
3Rajnagar H. S. School, Agartala, Tripura, India
4Hygia Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Lucknow, UP, India
*Corresponding Author:
Biplab De, Regional Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Abhoynagar, Agartala, Tripura, India, Email:


Heterocyclic compounds occupy a position of importance in organic chemistry. The present compilation is designed for searching of some new chemical moiety of Furan and Oxazole nucleus-two important heterocycles, having potent therapeutic activity along with their chemistry.


Heterocyclic, Furan, Oxazole, Synthesis, Chemistry, Therapeutic review


The heterocyclic compounds are widely used in biological, industrial and chemical sectors. So heterocyclics occupy a position of importance in organic chemistry. The sulphur, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and selenium containing heterocyclic compounds have great significance in historical development of organic synthesis. There is large number of heterocyclic bioactive compounds available in nature such as papaverine, theobromine, quinine, emetine, theophylline, atropine, procaine, codeine, reserpine and morphine. Synthetic heterocycles also have wide range of medicinal importance as broad spectrum antimicrobial, antileishmanial agents, genotoxic, CNS active agents both centrally and peripherally, fungicides, herbicides, antioxidant agent etc.

The fundamental process of life involving various biochemical reactions like energy generation and utilization, nerve impulses, sights, metabolism and hereditary information are also based on the participation of many heterocyclic compounds in the form of enzymes, coenzymes, nucleic acids, few vitamins, ATP, serotonin, histamine, few amino acids and so on. Heterocycles are also key components of nucleic acid molecules that control the protein synthesis and the sequence of amino acids [1].

Keeping all discussion in consideration, the present study is designed for searching of some new chemical moiety of Furan and Oxazole nucleus of potent therapeutic activity along with their chemistry.

Materials and Methods


Furfural as a derivative of furan (Figure 1) was isolated in 1832 by the German chemist Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner as a byproduct during formic acid synthesis [2]. In 1901 the German chemist Carl Harries deduced furfural’s structure. Furan can be prepared from tetra-phenol [3]. They are important structural fragment for many active pharmaceutical ingredient and pharmacologically active compounds [4].


Figure 1: Furan

Synthesis of furan and its derivatives

Furan can be obtained from pine-wood [5]. It may be prepared by distillation of mucic acid (Figure 2). Upon heating of mucic acid, the furoic acid is obtained. Furic acid then can be converted to furan by decarboxylation.


Figure 2: Furan synthesis

Furan can also be prepared from furfural by oxide catalyst (Figure 3).


Figure 3: Furan Synthesis

A general method of preparing furan derivative is by dehydrating 1, 4-diketones or dialdehydes with phosphorous pentoxide / sulphuric acid etc., (Figure 4).


Figure 4: Synthesis of Furan derivative

Alternatively, furan derivatives may also be prepared from ethylacetoacetate in presence of iodine (Figure 5).


Figure 5: Synthesis of Furan derivative

2, 5-Dimethylfuran-3, 4 -dicarboxylicacid is formed on heating of diacetosuccinic ester with dilute sulphuric acid (Figure 6).


Figure 6: Synthesis of Furan derivative

Furan derivatives may also be prepared by the Feist-Benary synthesis (1902, 1911) where α-chloro ketone is condensed with a β-keto ester in the presence of pyridine (Figure 7) [5].


Figure 7: Synthesis of Furan derivative

Au (I)- catalysed hydroamination [6] or hydration of 1, 3-diynes allows formation of 2, 5-diamidofurans (Figure 8). This method can also be expanded for 2, 5-disubstituted furans.


Figure 8: Synthesis of Furan derivative

2, 5-disubstituted 3-iodofurans [7] can be prepared in presence of palladium or copper as catalyst. The cross coupling reaction is taken place between beta bromoenol acetate and terminal alkynes followed by iodocyclization (Figure 9).


Figure 9: Synthesis of Furan derivative

An efficient substitution reaction [8] of propargylic acetates in enoxy-silances under mild conditions in presence of FeCl3 as catalyst affords γ- alkynyl ketone (Figure 10). The intermediate ketone in presence of TsOH as catalyst forms tri or tetra substituted furan.


Figure 10: Synthesis of Furan derivative

Synthesis of Furan [9] can also be obtained by reaction between propargyl alcohols and terminal alkynes, which yields 1, 4-diynes, poly substituted furan and water as a byproduct (Figure 11).


Figure 11: Synthesis of Furan derivative

Chemistry of furan

Being a five membered aromatic compound (Figure 12, resonance forms), furan’s behaviour is quite dissimilar to that of the more typical heterocyclic ethers such as tetrahydrofuran.


Figure 12: Resonance forms of Furan

It is considerably more reactive towards electrophilic substitutions [5]. It also undergoes cycloaddition reaction preferably endo isomer [10] (Figure 13).


Figure 13: Cycloaddition reaction of Furan

Therapeutic review of furan derivatives

Furan derivatives as antimicrobial agent: NiloZanatta et al. reported [11] the antimicrobial activityof furan 3-carboxamide derivatives (Figure 14) against yeast, filamentous fungi, bacteria and algae. The derivatives were prepared by aromatization and nucleophilic displacement in 4- trichloracetyl-2, 3-dihydrofuran.


Figure 14: Furan 3-carboxamide

Karipcin et al. reported [12] antimicrobial activity of 1-benzoyl-3-furan-2-ylmethyl-thiourea (Figure 15).


Figure 15: 1-benzoyl-3-furan-2-ylmethyl-thiourea

Zaky et al. also reported [13] antimicrobial effect for the (E)-3-(2-(furan-ylmethylene)hydrazinyl)-3-oxo-N-(thiazol-2yl) propanamide (Figure 16).


Figure 16: (E)-3-(2-(furan-ylmethylene)hydrazinyl)-3-oxo-N-(thiazol-2yl) propanamide

The synthesis of 2, 3a, 8b-tri-hydroxy-3-(thiophen-2-yl-carbonyl)-2-(trifluoromethyl)-2, 3, 3a, 8b-tetra-hydro-4H-indeno[1, 2-b] furan-4-one (Figure 17) [14] was reported by Obafemiet et al. which showed broad spectrum activity against different strains of bacteria of gram positive and negative.


Figure 17: 2, 3a, 8b-tri-hydroxy-3-(thiophen-2-yl-carbonyl)-2-(trifluoromethyl)-2, 3, 3a, 8b-tetra-hydro -4H-indeno[1, 2-b] furan-4-one

A series of novel [15] analogues of [5-(furan-2-yl)-3-[2-(alkoxy)-phenyl]-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole-1-carbothioamide were synthesized by Rani et al. Alkoxy-[5-(furan-2-yl)-2-(benzyloxy)-phenyl-4,5-dihdro-1H-pyrazole-1-carbothioamide (Figure 18) and 5-(furan-2-yl)-1-[2-naphthalen-2- yl-methoxy)-phenyl]-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole-1-carbothioamide (Figure 19) shown better activity compared to standard against A. hydrophila, Y. enterocolitica, L. monocytogenes and S. aureus.


Figure 18: Alkoxy-[5-(furan-2-yl)-2-(benzyloxy)-phenyl-4,5-dihdro-1H-pyrazole-1-carbothioamide


Figure 19: 5-(furan-2-yl)-1-[2-naphthalen-2-yl-methoxy)-phenyl]-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole-1-carbothioamide

Furan derivatives as anticancer agent: Rangappa reported [16] anticancer activity of 2-[5-(5-(4-chlorophenyl) furan-2-yl)-methylene)-4-oxythioxothiazolidine- 3-yl] acetic acid derivatives (Figures 20a and 20b).


Figure 20a: (E)-N-(4-methoxybenzyl)- 2-[5-(5-(4-chlorophenyl) furan-2-yl)-methylene)-4-oxy-thioxothiazolidine-3-yl]acetamide


Figure 20b: (E)-N-(3-methylbenbyl)-2-[5-(5-(4-chlorophenyl) furan-2-yl)-methylene)-4-oxy-thioxothiazolidine-3-yl]acetamide

Hufnung et al. reported [17] in vivo mutagenic properties of a 5-nitrofuran. The 7-methoxy-2-nitro naphtha [2- 1-b] furan (Figure 21) was evaluated in transgenic mice (Big Blue).


Figure 21: 7-methoxy-2-nitro naphtha [2- 1-b] furan

Negi et al. reported [18] anticancer activity of 1-(3’, 4’, 5’-trimethoxy) phenyl naphtha [2, 1-b] furan (Figure 22) by in vitro MTT assay.


Figure 22: 1-(3’, 4’, 5’-trimethoxy) phenyl naphtha [2, 1-b] furan

Shchekotikhin, et al. [19] reported cytotoxic activity properties of novel 4, 11-bis [(2-aminoethyl) amino] anthrax [2, 3-b] furan-5, 10-diones (Figure 23). The selected compound potently killed mammalian tumor cell lines, including-resistant-variants.


Figure 23: 4, 11-bis [(2-aminoethyl) amino] anthrax [2, 3-b] furan-5, 10-diones

Li et al. [20] reported racemic mixture (Figure 24) of furan lignans. The optical isomers were obtained through a selective hydrolization. The isomers and the racemates were able to shown anticancer activity against QGY-7701 and HeLa cell lines.


Figure 24: (Z)-(4-(4-methoxybenzylidene)-2-(3,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-tetrahydrofuran-3-yl)methanol

Cirrincione et al. reported [21] 2, 5-bis (3’-indolyl) furans (Figure 25) and 3,5-bis (3’-indolyl) isoxazoles as antitumor agents. The antiproliferative activity was also evaluated in vitro toward diverse human tumor cell lines.


Figure 25: 2, 5-bis (3’-indolyl) furans

Furan derivatives as analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent: Lee reported [22] 1-furan-2-yl-3-pyridin-2-yl-propenone (Figure 26), as dual inhibitor of COX/5-LOX. The results suggest that FPP-3 may have a benefit in combating inflammation and pain by dual inhibition of COX and LOX.


Figure 26: 1-furan-2-yl-3-pyridin-2-yl-propenone

5-aryl-3-[(2-chloroquinolin-3-yl) methylene] furan-2(3H)-ones (Figures 27a-27c) were [23] synthesized by Alam. Compounds (i), (ii) and (iii) were showing potent anti-inflammatory activity.


Figure 27a: (Z)-3-((2-chloroquinolin-3-yl)methylene)-5-p-[oyl]furan-2(3H)-one


Figure 27b: (Z)-5-(4-bromophenyl)-3-((2,6-dichloroquinolin-3-yl)methylene)furan-2(3H)-one


Figure 27c: (Z)-5-(4-bromophenyl)-3-((2-chloro-6-methoxyquinolin -3-yl)methylene)furan-2(3H)-one

Cherng-ChyiTzeng, et al. reported [24] anti-inflammatory activity of 2-(furan-2-yl)-4-phenoxyquinolines. Among the reported compounds, 4-{4- [(2-furan-2-yl)-quinolin-4-yloxy]-phenyl}-but-3-en-2-one (Figure 28) was most potent compound. While (E)-1-{3-[(2-furan-2-yl)-quinolin-4- yloxy]-phenyl}-ethanoneoxime (Figure 29) and 1-{3-[(2-furan-2-yl)-quinoline-4-yloxy]-phenyl}-ethanone (Figure 30) was moderately potent than genistein.


Figure 28: 4-{4-[(2-furan-2-yl)-quinolin-4-yloxy]-phenyl}-but-3-en-2-one


Figure 29: (E)-1-{3-[(2-furan-2-yl)-quinolin-4-yloxy]-phenyl}-ethanoneoxime


Figure 30: 1-{3-[(2-furan-2-yl)-quinoline-4-yloxy]-phenyl}-ethanone

Anticonvulsant, neurotoxic and antinociceptive property for dihydrofuran-2(2H)-one (Figure 31) was reported [25] by Malawska, et al.


Figure 31: Dihydrofuran-2(2H)-one

The synthesis and pharmacological evaluation [26] of novel furan derivative acted as voltage-gated sodium channel blockers were reported by Drizin et al. The compounds (5-(4-chlorophenyl)-furan-2-yl)-(piperazin-1-yl)-methadone (Figure 32), (5-(4-butylphenyl)-furan-2-yl)-(4-cyclo hexylpiperazin-1-yl)-methadone (Figure 33) showed more potent activity.


Figure 32: (5-(4-chlorophenyl)-furan-2-yl)-(piperazin-1-yl)-methadone


Figure 33: (5-(4-butylphenyl)-furan-2-yl)-(4-cyclo hexylpiperazin-1-yl)-methadone

Zeni et al. reported [27] anti-inflammatory activity of acetylenic furan derivatives; which were synthesized via Pd-catalyzed coupling reactions of 2-(alkyltelluro) furan (Figure 34) with several terminal alkynes.


Figure 34: 2-(alkyltelluro) furan

Furan derivatives as CNS active agent

Luthra et al. reported [28] 8-(furan-2-yl)-3-substituted thiazole [5, 4-e][1, 2, 4] triazolo[1, 5-c] pyrimidine-2(3H)-thione (Figure 35) derivatives as potential adenosine A2A receptor antogonists.


Figure 35: 8-(furan-2-yl)-3-substituted thiazole [5, 4-e][1, 2, 4] triazolo[1, 5-c] pyrimidine-2(3H)-thione

Stjernlof, et al. reported [29] (Dipropylamino)-tetrahydro naphtha furans (Figure 36) as centrally acting serotonin agonists and dopaminergic receptor blocker.


Figure 36: (Dipropylamino)-tetrahydro naphtha furan

Choi et al. synthesized [30] 3-[2-(3, 5-Dimethoxy-phenyl)-vinyl]-furan (Figure 37) as synthetic resveratrol derivative. In addition, DPVF also inhibited ATP depletion following oxygen and glucose deprivation in the adult hippocampal slice.


Figure 37: 3-[2-(3, 5-dimethoxy-phenyl)-vinyl]-furan

Furan derivatives as antioxidant

Mafredini et al. tested radical scavenging activities [31] of 2, 3-dihydroxy-2, 3-enono-1, 4-lactones. The 3, 4-di-hydroxy-5R-2(R, S)-(6-hydroxy- 2,5,7,8-tetra-methylchroman-2(R, S)-yl-methyl)-1, 3[dioxolan-4S-yl]-5H-furan-2-one (Figure 38) was able to show potent activity.


Figure 38: 3, 4-di-hydroxy-5R-2(R, S)-(6-hydroxy-2, 5, 7, 8-tetra-methylchroman-2(R, S)-yl-methyl)-1, 3[dioxolan-4S-yl]-5H-furan-2-one

Furan dervatives as cytoprotective agent

Saito et al. exmined [32] radical scavenging activity and cyto-protective effects of novel furan compounds Figures 39a and 39b, which have potent inhibitory activity against oxygenases such as COX-1, COX-2 and 5-LOX.


Figure 39a: 4-(3-ethylfuran-3-yl)-2-methoxyphenol


Figure 39b: 4-(5-hexyfuran-2-yl)-2-methoxyphenol

Furan derivatives as miscellaneous therapeutic agents

Unnikrishnan et al. reported [33] antioxidant, 5-lipogenase inhibitory,anti-inflammatory and peripheral analgesic activities of 6b, 11b- Dihydroxy-6b, 11b-dihydo-7H-indeno-[1, 2-b]_naphtho-[2, 1-d] furan-7-one (Figure 40). It also had promising non-ulcerogenic effect for immune pathogenic chronic inflammatory conditions.


Figure 40: 6b, 11b-Dihydroxy-6b, 11b-dihydo-7H-indeno-[1, 2-b]_naphtho-[2, 1-d] furan-7-one

Israf et al. observed [34] that 3-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-1-(5-methyl-furan-2-y-1) propenone (Figure 41), was suppressing various proinflammatory mediators. HMP also selectively inhibited the p38/AFT-2 and AP-1 signaling pathways in the NO synthesis by the macrophage RAW 264.7.


Figure 41: 3-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-1-(5-methyl-furan-2-y-1) propenone


Oxazoles (Figure 42) are heterocyclic organic molecules, with an oxygen atom in the 1st position and a nitrogen atom in the 3rd position. Like pyridine they are weakly basic compounds, oxazoles might be considered as furan derivatives, in a sense that they can be derived from furan by a replacement of methane group by an azomethine nitrogen group in the 3rd position. Just like other heterocyclic organic compounds, they have certain pharmacological activities, which are as follows:- analgesics, antimicrobial, anticonvulsants, antiimflamatory, antideprssants, antidiabetic, antiobesity, diabetes. Depending on the different substituent, the oxazole moieties have different activities. In this section we have discussed about properties of oxazoles, different ways of synthesis, about naturally identified oxazoles and also about its several pharmacological activities.


Figure 42: Oxazole

Chemistry of oxazole

Though, oxazole entity was synthesised only in 1962, the chemistry of oxazole began as early as 1876 with synthesis of 2 methyl- oxazole, Oxazole chemistry came into limelight only after the first world war, when the antibiotic, penicillin was discovered. Further advancement of oxazole chemistry occurred with the invention of the dienes in the Diels Alder reaction and also in the reaction of mesoionicheterocycles involving 1,3 dipolar cycloaddition reactions [35].

Having several photophysical and photochemical activities, oxazoles are used in semiconductor devices as the electrophotographic photoreceptors and in the non-linear optical materials. Oxazoles show a cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitory action and also tyrosinase inhibitory property. They also show certain resembles with penicillin structure as well as its chemistry.

Oxazoles are used in certain polymerisation process and in the condensation of primary to many intermediates like homopolymers, telomers, peptides, pesticides, herbicides and also for agricultural intermediates [36].

Oxazoles play a vital role in several biologically active drug synthesis, which includes analgesics, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, antidepressants, antidiabetics and anti-obesity too. Oxazole is an important component of spirocyclopropyloxazolones which is an inhibitor of herpes protease. Oxzole derivatives like phenacyclooxazolone are involved in the intermolecular Diels Alder reaction, ensuring the synthesis of the anticancer drug, pancratistamin and phenanthrene alkaloid [37].

Any functional group substitution at the C-4 and C-2 of the oxazole ring plays a vital role in the activity. For example immunosuppressive activities are greatly influenced by the C4 in the oxazole moiety. A substitution of the cinnamoyol residue combined with a functional group substitution at the C-4 and C-2 of the oxazole moiety are very fundamental for tyrosinase inhibitory activity. Also an addition of the double bond at the C-4 position with a phenyl ring being present at the C-2 position plays an imperative role in oxazolone ring. With an increase of the electron donating properties of the phenyl ring, substituted at the C-2 position, the oxazolone ring operating reaction decreases [38]. An exocyclic double bond generally shall act as a dienophile and N- substituted oxazole will participate in intermolecular Diels alder reaction. An electrophilic character is generated in the β carbon (5), if the carbonyl group of the unsaturated oxazolone gets activated by the Lewis acid. Oxazole [39] has a very distinct structure and a variety of application in the pharmaceutical field, natural product and certain bioactive product. For example, anticancer activity is shown by naturally occurring bioactive natural products like the diazonamide and phorboxazole family. I. J. Turchiin, during 1986, first covered the synthesis, chemistry and application of oxazoles with the many synthetic strategies heading directed for oxazole assembly as well as the use of the versatile heterocycles as the intermediates and other pharmaceutical building blocks vastly increased; i.e. several biological activities such as antitubercular, antibacterial, antihyperglycemic, antifungal, antiinflammatory and antiproliferation [40,41].

In the modern day of organic chemistry, the heterocyclic chemistry is of great significance, and a foremost line of investigation. In drug discovery process, nitrogen, sulphur, and oxygen containing 5 membered ring and those heterocyclic compounds play a great role. The numbering of oxazole ring starts with oxygen being the 1st position, the acidity of the hydrogen atoms decreases as follows C2>C5>C4. When the acidity of the hydrogen at C2 position was calculated, the pka came around 20, while for oxazole itself the pKb is found to be 1.17. Oxazole exhibiting definite resonance can be seen in both 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR. The presence of any substituent can change the chemical shift up to 1 ppm. The parent compound shows a resonance between 7.00 and 8.00 in the 1H-NMR spectrum. A characteristic aromatic resonance is displayed by the 13C-NMR. The shielding or the deshielding effect of the C2 substitution on the C4 and C5 resonance is usually <2 ppm. Under IR spectra, oxazole shows absorbance around 1537, 1498, 1326 (stretch length), 1257 (C-H in plane deformation), 1143, 1080 (ring breathing). In the UV spectra the lamda max of the oxazoles depends highly on the substitution pattern. In methanol, the parent ring system indicates the lambda max at 205 nm [40,41].

Methods of oxazole synthesis

Robinson-Gabriel synthesis [42] (Figure 43).


Figure 43: Robinson Gabriel synthesis

Oxazole synthesis by dehydration of 2-acylaminoketones.

The Fisher Oxazole synthesis (Figure 44)


Figure 44: The Fisher oxazole synthesis

oxazole synthesis by condensation - cyanohydrin and carbonyl group.

The Bredereck reaction (Figure 45)


Figure 45: Bredreck reaction by oxazole synthesis

Reaction between α-haloketones and formamide [43].

The Van Leusen reaction (Figure 46)


Figure 46: Van Leusen reaction

Synthesis of oxazole- reaction between an aldehyde and TosMIC [44].

Cyclo-isomerization (Figure 47) of certain propargyl amides resulting oxazol.


Figure 47: Cycloisomerization of propargyl amides

Erlenmeyer- Polchl reaction (Figure 48) [45]


Figure 48: Erlenmeyer Polchl reaction

Acetate anion catalysed oxazole synthesis in condensation of aldehyde and hippuric acid in presence of dry acetic anhydride.

Synthesis of N substituted oxazole taken place by cycloaddition reaction of propargylic alcohols and amines in the presence of carbon dioxide (Figure 49).


Figure 49: Cycloaddition reaction for oxazolone derivatives

Intermolecular cyclization of oxazole-benoxazole from haloanilides by intermolecular O-arylation (Figure 50).


Figure 50: Cyclization to get oxazole derivatives

Boron-Catalyzed Arylthiooxygination (Figure 51) of NAllylamide: Synthesis of (Arylsulfanyl)oxazolines] [38,39,46].


Figure 51: Arylsulfanyloxazolines synthesis

Organometallic reaction- (a) Rhodium carbene addition- Reaction between Nitrile and diazocarbonyl compound in presence of catalyst lewis acid (Figure 52).


Figure 52: Oxazole derivative

Organotellurium reagent Synthesis i.e. 4, 5-disubstituted-2-methyloxazole (Figure 53) from amidotellurinylation [46].


Figure 53: 4, 5- di-substituted-2-methyl-oxazole

Few reactions of oxazole

Electrophilic substitution

The preferred electrophilic action in 1, 3 oxazoles is taken place at position-5. (Figure 54) When an electron donating substituent activates the ring the electrophillic attack occurs very readily.


Figure 54: Electrophilic substitution on Oxazole

Protonation of oxazole [35]

The protonation of oxazole (Figure 55) is taken place in the 3rd position, which contains the nitrogen atom.


Figure 55: Protonation of Oxazole

N-Alkylation of oxazole

Alkylation of oxazole (Figure 56) occurs in 3rd position, which shows high affinity for alkylation.


Figure 56: Alkylation of Oxazole

N-Acylation of oxazole [47]

The Acyl group attack takes place in the 3rd position as it shows high reactivity towards acylation of oxazoles (Figure 57).


Figure 57: Acylation of oxazole

Nucleophilic substitution of oxazole

Nucleophilic substitution in the oxazole ring (Figure 58) is relatively uncommon. The ease of displacement of halogens on the oxazole ring is C2>C4>C5.


Figure 58: Nucleophilic substitution of oxazole

Cycloaddition (Figure 59) [48]


Figure 59: Cycloaddition on Oxazole

Amination (Figure 60) [48]


Figure 60: Amine reacting with Oxazole

Lewis acids (Figure 61) [49]


Figure 61: Oxazole reaction in presence of lewis acid

Alcholysis (Figure 62) [49]


Figure 62: Alcholysis of oxazole

Therapeutic review of oxazole derivatives (Table 1)

S. No. Structure and nomenclature Therapeutic Activity Author(s) Name/Year with cited references Active Compound
1 image Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anthelmentic Rawat, et al.  [41] R=H, Ph, PhCl, PhF, PhNO2
2 image Antibacterial and Antifungal Maharishi, et al.  [50] R=H, Cl, CH3, F
3 image Antibacterial Mustafa et al. [51] Y=CH2, R1=Cl, X=CH2CH2, Y=CH2, R=Cl/CH3
4 image Antifungal, antibacterial, antimalarial Singh et al. [52] R=4-F-Phenyl, R=3-CF3 -Phenyl
5 image Antimicrobial, anticancer Chokkappagari, et al. [53] R=Aromatic group
6 image Antianxiety Kumar et al.  [54] R= H/OH/ Cl.
7 image Antidepressant Jagdish et al.  [54] R=H / 4-CH3/2Cl/ 4-Br/4-Cl, /4OH/ 4-OCH3
8 image Anti-depressant, anticancer Purohit et al. [55] R=Sulphur (S)
9 image Anti-tubercular Moura Kelly et al.  [56] R=H
10 image Anticancer  Dougal et al.  [57] R=R’=CH3
11 image Anti-leprotic  Niraimathi [58] R=CH3/Cl/ OCH3/ -N(CH3)2
12 image Anti-convulsant, Analgesics, Anti-imflamatory and Anti-tumor Selvam et al.  [59]   R=H/ OH/ Cl
13 image In leukemias, ovarian carcinoma and breast tumorxenograft. Ghosh et al.   [60]  
14 image Pesticidal Abdelaty et al.  [61]  
15 image Antioxidant  Ivanka et al.  [62] R1=OCH3 /OH
16 image Anti-herpes Delia et al. [63] R=H, -CH3
17 image Photophysical properties Ozturk et al. [64] R=O, OCH3
18 image Antibacterial, Anticytotoxin Antifungal Tandel et al. [65] R=R’=R’’=H; R=R’=OH,R’’=H
19 image Immunomodulator Mesaik et al.[66] R=-NO2 R’= -CH3
20 image Antiulcer Kachwaha et al. [67]  
21 image Anti-human picornavirus activity Mar et al. [68]  

Table 1: Some therapeutic active oxazole compounds and their structure

Natural products containing oxazole moiety

Natural products always have uses extremely in medicinal field since the very advent of mankind. Huge number of bioactive natural products have been isolated or extracted from various sources like bacteria, plant and marine sources containing moities like oxazole. These products show various vital biological activities like antileprotic, analgesics, antifungal, antibacterial, antitubercular, and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown several medicinally recognised chemical compounds containing poly substituted oxazole moiety in natural products which have been found also to contain N and O.

Oxazole isolated from marine sources


A newly found marine derived macrolide has successfully been isolated from a deep-water sponge family named as neopeltolide (Figure 63). It has been seen that this compound is very effective in stopping or inhibiting the in vitro proliferation of the human lung adenocarcinoma, the ovarian sarcoma causing cancer and murine leukemia cell lines.


Figure 63: Neopeltolide


Hennoxazole (Figure 64) is isolated from a marine source, active against herpes and a peripheral analgesics, containing a bisoxazole unit muscoride [60].


Figure 64: Hennoxazole

Ariakemicins A (Figure 65)


Figure 65: Ariakemicins

An atypical linear hybrid polypeptide or non-ribosomal peptide antibiotics, which was discovered by fermenting an extract of the marine gliding bacterium Rapidithrix sp.

Bengazole A

It is a new natural source of bengazole A (Figure 66), which is extracted from the bioassay guided fractionation of extract of the sponge Dorypleressplendens. This compound shows growth inhibitory activity to seven murine and human cancer cell lines [63].


Figure 66: BengazoleA; R=CO(CH2)12CH


Leucascandrolides A (Figure 67) and B were isolated by Pietra and coworkers from a calcareous sponge leucascandracaveolata, it was collected from the east coast of New Caledonia, Coral Sea [69].


Figure 67: Leucascandrolide A


The cytotoxic activity of diazonamide A (Figure 68) was evaluated against a panel of three human tumour cell lines, which included lung (A549), colon (HT29), and breast [70], which was isolated from the ascidian Diazona sp. Collected from Indonesia.


Figure 68: Diazonamides

Almazole (Figure 69)


Figure 69: Almazole

It is isolated from the red seaweed called Haraldiophylum found in the Dakar coast [71].

Oxazole compounds isolated from microbes [71]

5-(indol-3-yl) oxazole

It exists in diversity of natural products ranging from the comparatively simple pimprinine (Figure 70) and streptochlorin (Figure 71) to the complex diazonamide A. Pimprinine has a variety of activities, as antibiotics, fungicidal, anti-epilepsy effects and monoamide oxidase inhibition. The diazoamides A has activity against HCT-116 human carcinoma and B-16 murine melanoma cell lines.


Figure 70: Pimprinine


Figure 71: Streptochlorin


The 2-(pyrrole-2-yl) oxazoles known as phorbaxoles A-D (Figure 72 A-D) are tyrosine- proline dipeptide derivative, chlorinated on the pyrrole. On the 4th position of the oxazole, phorbazole A is substituted as like as diazonamides [60].


Figure 72: Phorbaxoles (A-D)


Two important heterocycles Furan and Oxazole and their derivatives are discussed in details including the preparation procedures along with their wide range of medicinal importance as broad spectrum antimicrobial, antileishmanial agents, genotoxic, and CNS active agents both centrally and peripherally, fungicides, herbicides, antioxidant agent etc., which will be helpful in conducting of further research works in relevant field of synthetic chemistry.


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