Synthesis of novel pyrimidine derivatives with (pyridin-3-ylmethyl)thio and phenylamino moieties and evaluation of their antifungal activity

A series of novel pyrimidine derivatives with (pyridin-3-ylmethyl)thio and phenylamino moieties were synthesized from ethyl acetoacetate, thiourea, 3-pyridinylmethyl chloride hydrochloride, and substituted anilines by multi-step reactions. The structures of the target compounds were characterized by IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and elemental analysis. The in vitro antifungal activities against Botrytis cinerea and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum were evaluated. The result showed that N-phenyl-6-methyl-2- ((pyridin-3-ylmethyl)thio) pyrimidin-4-amine (4a) displayed high inhibition activity against Botrytis cinerea with 87.5%inhibition at 100 µg/mL; 4a, and N-(4-isopropylphenyl)-6-methyl-2-((pyridin-3-ylmethyl)thio)pyrimidin-4-amine (4c), N-(4-methoxyphenyl)-6-methyl-2-((pyridin-3-ylmethyl)thio)pyrimidin-4-amine (4d) and N-(2-hydroxy-5-chloro)-6-methyl-2-((pyridin-3-ylmethyl)thio)pyrimidin- 4-amine (4h) exhibited sufficient activities against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum with 86.6% –93.7% inhibitions at the same concentration.