Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1992, 57, 415-424

Synthesis of trans-2-[N-(2-Hydroxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene-1-yl)]iminothiazolidine and Related Compounds - A New Class of Antidepressants

Upendra K. Shukla, Raieshwar Singh, J. M. Khanna, Anil K. Saxena, Hemant K. Singh, Ravindra N. Sur, Bhola N. Dhawan and Nitya Anand

Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow-226 001, India


Antiparasitic and antidepressant activities exhibited by tetramisole (I) and its enantiomers prompted the study of its structural analogs trans-2-[N-(2-hydroxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene/indane-1-yl)]iminothiazolidine (VIII/IX) and 2,3,4a,5,6,10b-hexahydronaphtho[1',2':4,5]-imidazo[2,1-b]thiazole (XII), 2,3,4a,5-tetrahydro-9bH-indeno[1',2':4,5]imidazo[2,1-b]thiazole (XIII), and 2,3,4a,5-tetrahydro-9bH-indeno[1',2':4,5]imidazo[2,1-b]thiazole (XVI), and a homolog 3,4,6,7-tetrahydro-7-phenyl-2H-imidazo[2,1-b]-1,3-thiazine (XX). While none of these compounds showed any noteworthy antiparasitic activity, the trans-2-[N-(2-hydroxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene-1-yl)]iminothiazolidine (VIII) has shown marked antidepressant activity, better than imipramine in the tests used, and provides a new structural lead for antidepressants.