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DNA Intercalating Ru(II) Polypyridyl Complexes as Effective Photosensitizers in Photodynamic Therapy


Mari, Cristina; Pierroz, Vanessa; Rubbiani, Riccardo; Patra, Malay; Hess, Jeannine; Spingler, Bernhard; Oehninger, Luciano; Schur, Julia; Ott, Ingo; Salassa, Luca; Ferrari, Stefano; Gasser, Gilles (2014). DNA Intercalating Ru(II) Polypyridyl Complexes as Effective Photosensitizers in Photodynamic Therapy. Chemistry - A European Journal, 20(44):14421-14436.

Abstract

Six substitutionally inert [Ru(II) (bipy)2 dppz](2+) derivatives (bipy=2,2'-bipyridine, dppz=dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine) bearing different functional groups on the dppz ligand [NH2 (1), OMe (2), OAc (3), OH (4), CH2 OH (5), CH2 Cl (6)] were synthesized and studied as potential photosensitizers (PSs) in photodynamic therapy (PDT). As also confirmed by DFT calculations, all complexes showed promising (1) O2 production quantum yields, well comparable with PSs available on the market. They can also efficiently intercalate into the DNA double helix, which is of high interest in view of DNA targeting. The cellular localization and uptake quantification of 1-6 were assessed by confocal microscopy and high-resolution continuum source atomic absorption spectrometry. Compound 1, and especially 2, showed very good uptake in cervical cancer cells (HeLa) with preferential nuclear accumulation. None of the compounds studied was found to be cytotoxic in the dark on both HeLa cells and, interestingly, on noncancerous MRC-5 cells (IC50 >100 μM). However, 1 and 2 showed very promising behavior with an increment of about 150 and 42 times, respectively, in their cytotoxicities upon light illumination at 420 nm in addition to a very good human plasma stability. As anticipated, the preferential nuclear accumulation of 1 and 2 and their very high DNA binding affinity resulted in very efficient DNA photocleavage, suggesting a DNA-based mode of phototoxic action.

Abstract

Six substitutionally inert [Ru(II) (bipy)2 dppz](2+) derivatives (bipy=2,2'-bipyridine, dppz=dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine) bearing different functional groups on the dppz ligand [NH2 (1), OMe (2), OAc (3), OH (4), CH2 OH (5), CH2 Cl (6)] were synthesized and studied as potential photosensitizers (PSs) in photodynamic therapy (PDT). As also confirmed by DFT calculations, all complexes showed promising (1) O2 production quantum yields, well comparable with PSs available on the market. They can also efficiently intercalate into the DNA double helix, which is of high interest in view of DNA targeting. The cellular localization and uptake quantification of 1-6 were assessed by confocal microscopy and high-resolution continuum source atomic absorption spectrometry. Compound 1, and especially 2, showed very good uptake in cervical cancer cells (HeLa) with preferential nuclear accumulation. None of the compounds studied was found to be cytotoxic in the dark on both HeLa cells and, interestingly, on noncancerous MRC-5 cells (IC50 >100 μM). However, 1 and 2 showed very promising behavior with an increment of about 150 and 42 times, respectively, in their cytotoxicities upon light illumination at 420 nm in addition to a very good human plasma stability. As anticipated, the preferential nuclear accumulation of 1 and 2 and their very high DNA binding affinity resulted in very efficient DNA photocleavage, suggesting a DNA-based mode of phototoxic action.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Molecular Cancer Research
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Cancer Research

07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
540 Chemistry
Language:English
Date:11 September 2014
Deposited On:30 Sep 2014 15:24
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:22
Publisher:Wiley-VCH Verlag Berlin
ISSN:0947-6539
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201402796
PubMed ID:25213439

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