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      Ruthenium polypyridyl complexes and their modes of interaction with DNA: Is there a correlation between these interactions and the antitumor activity of the compounds?

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          Various interaction modes between a group of six ruthenium polypyridyl complexes and DNA have been studied using a number of spectroscopic techniques. Five mononuclear species were selected with formula [Ru(tpy)L 1L 2] (2− n)+ , and one closely related dinuclear cation of formula [{Ru(apy)(tpy)} 2{μ-H 2N(CH 2) 6NH 2}] 4+. The ligand tpy is 2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine and the ligand L 1 is a bidentate ligand, namely, apy (2,2′-azobispyridine), 2-phenylazopyridine, or 2-phenylpyridinylmethylene amine. The ligand L 2 is a labile monodentate ligand, being Cl , H 2O, or CH 3CN. All six species containing a labile L 2 were found to be able to coordinate to the DNA model base 9-ethylguanine by 1H NMR and mass spectrometry. The dinuclear cationic species, which has no positions available for coordination to a DNA base, was studied for comparison purposes. The interactions between a selection of four representative complexes and calf-thymus DNA were studied by circular and linear dichroism. To explore a possible relation between DNA-binding ability and toxicity, all compounds were screened for anticancer activity in a variety of cancer cell lines, showing in some cases an activity which is comparable to that of cisplatin. Comparison of the details of the compound structures, their DNA binding, and their toxicity allows the exploration of structure–activity relationships that might be used to guide optimization of the activity of agents of this class of compounds.

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                J Biol Inorg Chem
                Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
                Springer-Verlag (Berlin/Heidelberg )
                16 December 2008
                16 December 2008
                March 2009
                : 14
                : 3
                : 439-448
                [1 ]Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Gorlaeus Laboratories, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9502, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
                [2 ]School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT UK
                [3 ]Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL UK
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                Inorganic & Bioinorganic chemistry

                polypyridyl, ruthenium, cytotoxicity, linear dichroism, dna binding


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