Design, synthesis and antimicrobial activity of chiral 2-(substituted- hydroxyl)-3-(benzo[d]oxazol-5-yl)propanoic acid derivatives

Wei Zhang, Wenlu Liu, Xizhen Jiang, Faqin Jiang, Hao Zhuang, Lei Fu*

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Chiral 2-(substituted-hydroxyl)-3-(benzo[d]oxazol-5-yl)propanoic acid derivatives were synthesized and their antibacterial activities were evaluated against fungus, Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. In general, these compounds showed in vitro activities against all screened Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, but poor MIC values for fungus Candida albicans. Remarkably, the (S)-configuration-substituted phenoxyl side chain on position 2 of propanoic acid exerted excellent antibacterial activity against all screened bacteria. Preliminary structure-activity studies revealed that the hydrophobic substitutes, para-tert-butyl (11r), para-phenyl (11s) and para-benzyloxy (11t) on the phenoxyl side chain displayed best activities against all Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria with MIC values between 1.56 and 6.25 μg/mL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3639-3650
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Antibacterial activity
  • Benzo[d]oxazole

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