The Nicholas-type macrocyclization through NH-tosyl functional group has been found to be an efficient technique for the synthesis of a 10-membered azaenediyne system annulated with a benzothiophene. To compare the activity of azaenediyne synthesized with similar oxa- and carbocyclic enediynes the Bergman cyclization activation energies and the ability of enediynes to cleave DNA (pBR322 plasmid) were investigated. The order of reactivity predicted by DFT calculations (N -enediyne < C -enediyne < O -enediyne) was confirmed by DSC analysis data. Surprisingly azaenediyne was found to be more active in the DNA cleavage assay than the C-analogue.
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