Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dr. Abbas G. Shilabin

Committee Members

Dr. Aleksey Vasiliev, Dr. Marina Roginskaya


Pyrrolo [2,1-c] [1,4] benzodiazepine (PBD) is a class of natural products obtained from various actinomycetes which have both anti-tumor and antibiotic activities and can bind to specific sequences of DNA. PBD-dilactam was initially produced using isatoic anhydride and (L)-proline which was then converted to the PBD-thiolactam using Lawesson's reagent. Reaction of thiolactam with hydrazine in ethanol afforded PBD-11-hydrazinyl. Condensation of 11-hydrazinyl PBD with aldehydes possessing various substitutions was performed to obtain (S,E)-11-[2-(arylmethylene) hydrazono] pyrrolo [2,1-c] [1,4] benzodiazepine derivatives. 1HNMR, 13C-NMR, DEPT, IR, GC-MS and X-ray crystallography were used for the characterization. Inhibition activity of the products were carried out using TEM-1, AmpC and P99 β-lactamases. A minimal inhibition growth of 25% was observed for one of the selected PBDs on cancer cell line. A promising result was observed on preliminary cannabinoid binding activity test on one of the compounds.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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