PYRIMIDINE AND ITS BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY: A REVIEW

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ABOUT AUTHORS:
Vishwanadham Yerragunta*, Prathima Patil, V.Anusha, T.Kumara Swamy, D.Suman, T.Samhitha.
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry,
Malla Reddy College of Pharmacy,
Maisammaguda, secunderabad-14. A.P.
Vishwanadham.y@gmail.com

ABSTRACT:
Pyrimidine is a heterocyclic aromatic organic compound containing two nitrogen atoms at positions 1 and 3 of the six- member ring shows wide range of biological activities. Pyrimidine posses wide spectrum of biological activities like including anti-tubercular, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, Anti-malarial activity, anti-cancer and anti-neoplastic activity, anti-hiv activity. The present reviews attempted to gather the various biological activities of pyrimidine derivatives and is marketed drugs.

REFERENCE ID: PHARMATUTOR-ART-2066

PharmaTutor (ISSN: 2347 - 7881)

Volume 1, Issue 2

Received On: 22/11/2013; Accepted On: 26/11/2013; Published On: 20/12/2013

How to cite this article: Yerragunta V, Patil P, V.Anusha, T.KumaraSwamy, D.Suman, T.Samhitha, Pyrimidine and Its Biological Activity: A Review, PharmaTutor, 2013, 1(2), 39-44

INTRODUCTION:
P
yrimidineis an aromatic heterocyclic organic compound similar to pyridine.[1] The pyrimidine ring system has wide occurrence in nature[2] as substituted and ring fused compounds and derivatives, including the nucleotides, thiamine (vitaminB1) and alloxan. It is also found in many synthetic compounds such as barbiturates and the HIV drug, zidovudine. Although pyrimidine derivatives such as uric acid and alloxan were known in the early 19th century,

Pyrimidine nucleus exhibited remarkable pharmacological activities. Pyrimidine derivatives form a component in a number of useful drugs and are associated with many biological and therapeutical activities[3]. Nitrogen containing heterocyclic ring such as pyrimidine is a promising structural moiety for drug design. Condensed pyrimidine derivatives have been reported as anti-microbial[4], analgesic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory[5], anti-HIV[6], anti-tubercular[7], anti-tumour[8], anti-neoplastic[9], anti-malarial[10], diuretic[11], cardiovascular[12] agents. Pyrimidine compounds are also used as hypnotic drugs for the nervous system [13].

In medicinal chemistry pyrimidine derivatives have been very well known for their therapeutic applications. The presence of a pyrimidine base in thymine, cytosine and uracil, which are the essential binding blocks of nucleic acids, DNA and RNA is one possible reason for their activity. The literature indicated that the compounds having pyrimidine nucleus possess broad range of biological activities. Like 5-fluorouracil as anticancer; idoxuridine and trifluoridine as antiviral; zidovudine and stavudine as anti-HIV, trimethoprim, sulphamethiazine and sulphadiazine as antibacterial; sulphadoxin as antimalarial and antibacterial; minoxidil and prazosin as antihypertensive; barbiturates e.g. phenobarbitone as sedative, hypnotics and anticonvulsant; propylthiouracil as antihyroid; thionzylamine as H1-antihistamine; and toxoflavin and fervennuline as antibiotics.

Most drugs in the pyrimidine series fall in to four categories; the barbiturates, the sulphonamide; the antimicrobials and antitumor agents.

Frederick C et al [14]., synthesized a series of inhibitors of mammalian target of Rapomycin (mTOR) kinase based on a quaternary-substituted dihydrofuropyrimidine by cyclocondensation of  β-keto ester. The compound with 4-acetamido pyrazole moiety was found to be most potent.(I)


Barbituric acid was made conveniently from diethyl malonate and urea in ethanolic sodium ethoxide[15] and it has a variety of biological properties. Luminol (II) was prepared in 1904 but used as a long active CNS depressant only from 1912 until the present day.


Lee et al[16] synthesized and studied some 6-substituted pyridopyrimidine analogous as potential AK inhibitors, led to the identification of 4-amino-5-(3-bromophenyl)-7-(6-morpholinopyridin-3-yl)pyrido[2,3-d]-pyrimidine (III), a novel and potent non-nucleoside AK inhibitor with oral activity in animal models of pain and inflammation The ABT-702 was further studied in details by Boyle et al[17] to evaluate its potential utility in chronic inflammation.


Bruno et al[18] synthesized two different series N-methyl-N-pyrimidin-2-yl glycine and N-5H-[1]benzopyrano[4,3-d]pyrimidin-2-yl (IV) substituted amino acids and tested for anti-inflammatory activity. All the compounds showed significant anti-inflammatory activity.

Sacchi et al[19] synthesized a series of imidazo[1,2-a] pyrimidine 2-carboxylic acid and 20 acetic acid analogs (V-A, V-B) and tested them for anti-inflammatory activity. Almost all the carboxylic acid derivatives showed aremarkable anti-inflammatory activity.


Hyperthyroidism may be treated in several ways. One of these is interference with the synthesis of the thyroid hormones, possibly or by removal of iodine. Thiouracil (VI) and thiobarbital (VII) are effective thyroid drugs. Compound (VI) is widely used probably because it has fewer side effects than the others[20].

Cottom et al[21] were synthesized several pyrazolo[3,4-d] pyrimidine derivatives as potential inhibitor of adenosine kinase. One of the compounds (VIII) was found to display good anti-inflammatory activity.

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