• Alexandra JITAREANU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Gabriela TATARINGA “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Ana-Maria ZBANCIOC “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Adriana TRIFAN “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi


BROMINATION-A VERSATILE TOOL FOR DRUGS OPTIMIZATION (Abstract): Scientific literature presents many naturally occurring brominated substances exhibiting different biological activities. Most natural brominated derivatives have been isolated from the marine biosphere, being metabolites of algae, sponges and corals. These molecules became structural models for obtaining synthetic derivatives with superior bioactive potential. The present paper is an analysis of previously published studies on the influence of insertion of bromine atoms in different molecules on their bioactivity. In general, the results confirmed the positive effect of bromination on the bioactive potential of substances. The mechanisms explaining these results are still insufficiently elucidated, several possibilities being mentioned: increased lipophilicity and permeability through biological membranes, increased half-life or the possibility of intermolecular bond formation (attractive interactions) between the electrophilic region of the molecule containing bromine atoms and various nucleophilic active sites of biomolecules. In conclusion, bromination may be a way to increase the potency of therapeutic agents and research in the field of molecular design of brominated compounds will certainly continue.

Author Biographies

Alexandra JITAREANU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

 Faculty of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (I)

Gabriela TATARINGA, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

 Faculty of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (I)

Ana-Maria ZBANCIOC, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (I)

Adriana TRIFAN, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (II)


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