A novel method for the preparation of 2-carboxyl-3-aryl quinoline derivatives from anilines, ethyl glyoxalate and enol ethers as phenylacetaldehyde surrogates is reported. The three-component coupling reaction occurs rapidly under mild conditions in dichloromethane catalysed by TFA. The method allows a more direct access to 3-aryl quinolines, sidestepping issues encountered with phenylacetaldehyde derivatives. This chemistry was used to prepare quinolines with 3-diarylether functionality that showed low micromolar efficacy (IC50 range: 5-26 μM) against in vitro Toxoplasma gondii coupled with little or no cytotoxicity (TD50 ≥ 320 μM) towards the host cells.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry