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Keywords:

  • 3-alkylpyridines;
  • malaria;
  • marine alkaloids

A series of new oxygenated analogues of marine 3-alkylpyridine alkaloids were prepared from 3-pyridinepropanol in few steps and in good yields. The key step for the synthesis of these compounds was a Williamson etherification under phase-transfer conditions. All new compounds were evaluated for their antiplasmodial activity and cytotoxicity. A significant reduction in parasitaemia was observed for some of the prepared compounds, and the majority of them exhibited a selectivity index (SI) ranging from 2.78 to 15.58, which suggests that these compounds may be a promising class of substances with antimalarial activity.