European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry vol:43 issue:6 pages:1180-1187
The novel urea primaquine derivatives 3a-i were prepared by aminolysis of benzotriazolide 2 with the corresponding amine in the presence or absence of triethylamine. Compound 2 was prepared by acylation of primaquine with 1-benzotriazole carboxylic acid chloride. Among all compounds evaluated, the pyridine derivative 3h exhibited the best cytostatic activities against colon carcinoma, human T-lymphocyte and murine leukemia. However, this compound showed also rather marked cytotoxicity towards human normal fibroblasts. The highest selectivity in the inhibitory effects on human malignant tumor cell lines vs. normal fibroblasts was found for ureas 3c, 3d and 3g. Results of broad antiviral evaluation showed that pyridine and phenethyl derivatives of urea 3h and 3g exhibited some selective inhibition against cytomegalovirus.