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Highly cytotoxic copper(II) terpyridine complexes as anticancer drug candidates


Karges, Johannes; Xiong, Kai; Blacque, Olivier; Chao, Hui; Gasser, Gilles (2021). Highly cytotoxic copper(II) terpyridine complexes as anticancer drug candidates. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 516:120137.

Abstract

Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases worldwide. Chemotherapy remains one of the frequently applied treatment modalities in the clinics. However, as the currently applied agents are associated with severe side effects, scientists are searching for novel chemotherapeutic drugs. Within the last decades, Cu(II) polypyridine complexes have received increasing attention as potential anticancer drug candidates. Herein, the biological activity of terminally functionalised mono- and bis-coordinated Cu(II)-2,2':6',2 ''-terpyridine complexes have been investigated. The bis-coordinated compounds were found to have a cytotoxic effect in the nanomolar range in human adenocarcinomic alveolar basal epithelial cells. Promisingly, the complexes were equally active in the corresponding cisplatin resistant cell line, indicating that they could potentially be useful for the treatment of drug resistant tumours.

Abstract

Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases worldwide. Chemotherapy remains one of the frequently applied treatment modalities in the clinics. However, as the currently applied agents are associated with severe side effects, scientists are searching for novel chemotherapeutic drugs. Within the last decades, Cu(II) polypyridine complexes have received increasing attention as potential anticancer drug candidates. Herein, the biological activity of terminally functionalised mono- and bis-coordinated Cu(II)-2,2':6',2 ''-terpyridine complexes have been investigated. The bis-coordinated compounds were found to have a cytotoxic effect in the nanomolar range in human adenocarcinomic alveolar basal epithelial cells. Promisingly, the complexes were equally active in the corresponding cisplatin resistant cell line, indicating that they could potentially be useful for the treatment of drug resistant tumours.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Physical Sciences > Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Sciences > Materials Chemistry
Uncontrolled Keywords:Materials Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Language:English
Date:1 February 2021
Deposited On:29 Sep 2021 15:04
Last Modified:30 Sep 2021 20:00
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0020-1693
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ica.2020.120137
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