Transition Metal Intercalators as Anticancer Agents—Recent Advances
AbstractThe diverse anticancer utility of cisplatin has stimulated significant interest in the development of additional platinum-based therapies, resulting in several analogues receiving clinical approval worldwide. However, due to structural and mechanistic similarities, the effectiveness of platinum-based therapies is countered by severe side-effects, narrow spectrum of activity and the development of resistance. Nonetheless, metal complexes offer unique characteristics and exceptional versatility, with the ability to alter their pharmacology through facile modifications of geometry and coordination number. This has prompted the search for metal-based complexes with distinctly different structural motifs and non-covalent modes of binding with a primary aim of circumventing current clinical limitations. This review discusses recent advances in platinum and other transition metal-based complexes with mechanisms of action involving intercalation. This mode of DNA binding is distinct from cisplatin and its derivatives. The metals focused on in this review include Pt, Ru and Cu along with examples of Au, Ni, Zn and Fe complexes; these complexes are capable of DNA intercalation and are highly biologically active. View Full-Text
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Deo, K.M.; Pages, B.J.; Ang, D.L.; Gordon, C.P.; Aldrich-Wright, J.R. Transition Metal Intercalators as Anticancer Agents—Recent Advances. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 1818.
Deo KM, Pages BJ, Ang DL, Gordon CP, Aldrich-Wright JR. Transition Metal Intercalators as Anticancer Agents—Recent Advances. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2016; 17(11):1818.Chicago/Turabian Style
Deo, Krishant M.; Pages, Benjamin J.; Ang, Dale L.; Gordon, Christopher P.; Aldrich-Wright, Janice R. 2016. "Transition Metal Intercalators as Anticancer Agents—Recent Advances." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 17, no. 11: 1818.
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