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Paper | Special issue | Vol 76, No. 1, 2008, pp.617-634
Published online, 28th April, 2008
DOI: 10.3987/COM-08-S(N)53
Facile Synthesis of (2-Benzimidazolyl)-1-azaazulenes, (2-Benzothiazolyl)-1-azaazulenes, and Related Compouds and Evaluation of Their Anticancer in vitro Activity

Noriko Yamauchi, Hiroyuki Fujii, Akikazu Kakehi, Motoo Shiro, Masaki Kurosawa, Takeo Konakahara, and Noritaka Abe*

*Applied Molecular Bioscience, Graduate School of Medicine, Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi 753-8512, Japan


Facile syntheses of 2-, 3,- and 8-(2-benzimidazolyl)-1-azaazulenes (2a-c, 5, 7, 9) and 2-, 3-, and 8-(2-benzothiazolyl)-1-azaazulenes (13b-c, 16, 17, 18) were achieved by the condensation of corresponding 1-azaaazulene- carbaldehydes with o-phenylenediamine and 2-aminothiophenol in alcoholic solvents at rt or under reflux under airobic conditions. Reaction of 1-azaazulenecarbaldehyds with 2-aminophenol gave Schiff’s bases (10a-c, 11, 12). Reaction of 2-chloro-1-azaazulene-3-carbaldehyde (1a) with 2-amino- thiophenol in refluxing 1-BuOH gave benzothiazapine-fused 1-azaazulene (20). Reaction of 4-amino-3-mercapto-4H-1,2,4-triazoles (21a-d) with in refluxing 1-BuOH gave triazolothiadizapine-fused 1-azaazulene (22a-d). The structure of trifluolomethyl derivative (22c) was determined by X-ray structure analysis. 3-(2-Benzimidazolyl)-2-chloro-1-azaazulene (2a) showed anticancer activity against HeLa S3 cells (IC50: 5.3 μM).