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Carbohydrate-Based Ferrocenyl Boronate Esters: Synthesis, Characterization, Crystal Structures, and Antibacterial Activity



A set of ferrocenyl boronate esters based on carbohydrate scaffolds was designed and synthesized efficiently by the reaction of ferroceneboronic acid with protected sugar diols derived from D-xylose, L-sorbose, and D-mannitol in good yield. These compounds identified as 1,2-O-isopropylidene-α-D-xylofuranose-3,5-ferrocenyl boronate (3a), 1,2-O-cyclohexylidene-α-D-xylofuranose-3,5-ferrocenyl boronate (3b), 1-O-benzyl-2,3-O-isopropylidene-α-L-sorbofuranose-4,6-ferrocenyl boronate (3c), 1,2:5,6-di-O-isopropylidene-D-mannitol-3,4-ferrocenyl boronate (3d), and 1,2:5,6-di-O-cyclohexylidene-D-mannitol-3,4-ferrocenyl boronate (3e), were isolated as air- and moisture-stable orange/yellow crystalline solids. All of the six-membered (3a, 3b, and 3c) and five-membered (3d and 3e) cyclic boronate esters were fully characterized by IR, multinuclear NMR (1H, 13C and 11B), and UV/Vis spectroscopy, and also elemental analysis. The electrochemical behavior of the synthesized ferrocenyl boronate esters containing carbohydrates was investigated. Furthermore, the structures of 3a and 3c were unambiguously established by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The compounds have been screened for in vitro antibacterial activity against various Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. They exhibited moderate to good inhibitory activity against the tested bacterial strains in comparison with standard drugs.