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Newly Synthesized Doxorubicin Complexes with Selected Metals—Synthesis, Structure and Anti-Breast Cancer Activity

Division of Sanitary Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, Białystok University of Technology, Wiejska 45E Street, Białystok 15-351, Poland
Division of Chemistry, Bialystok University of Technology, Białystok 15-351, Poland
Department of Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Medical University of Białystok, Białystok 15-222, Poland
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Molecules 2017, 22(7), 1106;
Received: 17 May 2017 / Revised: 30 June 2017 / Accepted: 1 July 2017 / Published: 4 July 2017
Doxorubicin (DOX) is very effective chemotherapeutic agent, however it has several major drawbacks. Therefore the motivation for developing novel drug complexes as anticancer agents with different mechanism of action has arisen. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the influence of newly synthesized DOX complexes with selected metals (Mg, Mn, Co, Ni, Fe, Cu, Zn) on apoptosis, cell cycle, viability, proliferation and cytotoxicity in the breast cancer cell line MCF-7. Complexation of DOX with metals has likewise been the subject of our research. The current work showed that the tested bivalent metals at a given pH condition formed metal:DOX complexes in a ratio of 2:1, while iron complexes with DOX in a ratio of 3:1. The studies also showed that selected metal-DOX complexes (Mg-DOX, Mn-DOX, Ni-DOX) at 0.5 µM concentration significantly decreased cell viability and proliferation, however they increased caspase 7 activity. Results also indicated that studied metal-DOX complexes showed high cytotoxicity in MCF-7 cells. Therefore they were chosen for cell cycle check-points and apoptosis/necrosis analysis studied by flow cytometry. Obtained results suggest that doxorubicin complexed by specified metals can be considered as a potential anti-breast cancer agent, which is characterized by a higher efficacy than a parent drug. View Full-Text
Keywords: doxorubicin; metals; breast cancer; MCF-7 doxorubicin; metals; breast cancer; MCF-7
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Jabłońska-Trypuć, A.; Świderski, G.; Krętowski, R.; Lewandowski, W. Newly Synthesized Doxorubicin Complexes with Selected Metals—Synthesis, Structure and Anti-Breast Cancer Activity. Molecules 2017, 22, 1106.

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