Medicinal chemistry of vicinal diaryl scaffold: A mini review

Eur J Med Chem. 2019 Jan 15:162:1-17. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2018.10.054. Epub 2018 Oct 31.


The privileged structures have been widely used as a valuable template in new drug discovery. 1,2-Diaryl or vicinal diaryl is a simple scaffold found in many drugs and naturally occurring compounds. From synthetic point of view, the vicinal diaryl derivatives are easily accessible due to their facile and expedient syntheses. These scaffolds have shown numerous interesting pharmacological activities against various diseases with lot of clinical potentials. This review aims to highlight the evidence of vicinal diaryl motif as a privileged scaffold in COX-2 inhibitors and CA-4 analogs.

Keywords: COX-2 inhibitors and CA-4 analogs; Vicinal diaryl.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carbonic Anhydrase IV
  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutical / methods*
  • Cyclooxygenase 2 Inhibitors
  • Drug Discovery
  • Humans
  • Hydrocarbons, Aromatic / chemistry*
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Cyclooxygenase 2 Inhibitors
  • Hydrocarbons, Aromatic
  • Carbonic Anhydrase IV
  • CA4 protein, human