Synthesis and antifungal activity of a new series of 2-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)- 1-phenylethanol derivatives

Daniela De Vita, Luigi Scipione, Silvano Tortorella, Paolo Mellini, Barbara Di Rienzo, Giovanna Simonetti, Felicia Diodata D'Auria, Simona Panella, Roberto Cirilli, Roberto Di Santo, Anna Teresa Palamara

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A new series of aromatic ester and carbamate derivatives of 2-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)-1-phenylethanol were synthesized and evaluated for their antifungal activity towards Candida albicans and non-albicans Candida species strains. The aromatic biphenyl ester derivatives 6a-c were more active than the reference compound fluconazole. 6c possesses a MIC mean values of 1.7 ± 1.4 μg mL -1 vs C. albicans and 1.9 ± 2.0 μg mL -1 vs non-albicans Candida species strains. The racemic mixtures of 6a, b were purified to afford the pure enantiomers. The (-) isomers were up to 500 times more active than (+) isomers. (-)-6a and (-)-6b were thirty and ninety times more active than fluconazole towards C. krusei strain respectively. The racemates of 6a-c showed low cytotoxicity against human monocytic cell line (U937) with 6a demonstrating a CC 50 greater than 128 μg mL -1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-342
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Antifungal imidazoles
  • Candida albicans species
  • Enantiomers separation
  • Human monocytic cell line
  • Non-albicans Candida species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology


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