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Title: Synthesis and evaluation of selected benzimidazole derivatives as potential antimicrobial agents : an investigation into the synthesis of substituted benzimidazoles and their evaluation in vitro for antimicrobial activity
Author: Alasmary, Fatmah Ali Saeed
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2013
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Microbe resistence is a serious issue, especially as they have become resistant to most well known drugs. Therefore this is considered as a global problem and is now dealt with at a poitical level. Since no new classes of antimicrobial agents have been discovered in the past three deacdes, the development of new drugs is extremely urgent. Therefore the aim of this project was to synthesise derivatives of benzimidazole, and then assesses their antimicrobial activities in vitro by using disc (well) diffusion and MICs tests. A total of 69 benzimidazole derivatives, with substituents at positions 1, 2, and 5, were synthesised, characterised and tested against selected bacteria and fungi. In addition, six bezimidazole silver complexes were prepared and evaluated for their antimicrobial behavior. The SAR showed that the antimicrobial activity of the compounds depended on the substituents attached to the bicyclic heterocycle. Some promising results were obtained. In particular, 5 compounds displayed antibacterial activity against two MRSA strains with MIC values corresponding to ciprofloxacin, which can be considered significant. The compounds have some common features; four possess 5-chloro or 5-bromo substituents; two are derivatives of (S)-2- ethanaminebenzimidazole and the others are derivative of one 2-(chloromethyl)-1Hbenzo[d]imidazole, (1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)methanethiol and 2-(methoxymethyl)-1-methyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazole. The results from the antifungal screening were very interesting as there were 26 compounds, including two silver complexes, which were potent fungicides against the selected fungal species. They showed equivalent or greater potentency in their MIC values than amphotericin B. In particular, the 5-fluoro, 5-chloro and 5-bromo benzimidazole showed broad spectrum activity.
Supervisor: Karodia, Nazira; Snelling, Anna M. Sponsor: Saudi Culture Bureau ; King Saud University
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Benzimidazole ; Heterocycle ; Antibacterial activity ; Antifungal activity ; Antimicrobial activity ; Silver complexes