The current study is focused on the combination of pyrazinamide with 6‑aminobenzo[c][1,2]oxaborol-1(3H)-ol, which is a crucial pharmacophore of several antimicrobial agents. The use of benzoxaborole moiety could afford the formation of a spiro adduct between benzoxaborole moiety and 3'-terminal adenosine nucleotide Ade76 of tRNALeu. In the form of this spiro adduct, it may potentially inhibit the enzyme leucyl-tRNA synthetase (LeuRS). Large heterocyclic substitution in position 6 of benzoxaborole moiety could lead to the enhanced selectivity of the intended compounds to the bacterial enzyme due to steric clashes with eukaryotic types of LeuRS.
The target compounds were synthesized by condensation of 6-aminobenzo[c][1,2]oxaborol-1(3H)-ol with variously substituted heteroaromatic acids that underwent the previous activation.
The synthetic products and the isolated condensation intermediates were subjected to biological in vitro screening against fungi and bacteria, including mycobacteria and in vitro cytotoxicity screening against HepG2 cancer cell line. Some of the compounds showed moderate antimycobacterial activity with persisted low toxicity.