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More than 50% of spontaneous abortions (SAs) have abnormal chromosomes; the most common abnormalities are trisomy, sex chromosome monosomy, and polyploidy. Conventional cytogenetic analysis of SAs depends on tissue culturing and is associated with a significant tissue culture failure rate and contamination by maternally derived cells. Comparative genomic(More)
We report here the synthesis and the strong and unexpected antiproliferative effect of the organometallic diphenolic compound 1,1-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-2-ferrocenyl-but-1-ene (4) on both hormone-dependent (MCF7) and -independent (MDA-MB231) breast cancer cells (IC(50) = 0.7 and 0.6 microM). Surprisingly, 6 [1,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-2-ferrocenyl-but-1-ene],(More)
The ferrocenyl compound 2-ferrocenyl-1,1-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)-but-1-ene (), is very cytotoxic against breast cancer cells (IC(50) = 0.44 microM against MDA-MB-231). We now report the synthesis of a new series of para- and meta- substituted mono- and di- ferrocenyl phenols [2-ferrocenyl-1-(3-hydroxyphenyl)-1-phenyl-but-1-ene (),(More)
We recently reported that a ferrocenyl diphenol butene derivative showed a very strong cytotoxic effect on both hormone-dependent and -independent breast cancer cell lines. In order to obtain more information about the structure-activity relationship in the cytotoxicity of small ferrocene compounds, we have prepared a series of simple unconjugated(More)
This review article summarizes recent applications of electrochemical techniques to redox-active drug development and mechanistic studies. It includes a general introduction to the use of electrochemistry in biology, with a focus on how electrochemistry can uniquely provide both kinetic and thermodynamic information. A number of studies are reported from(More)
The Knoevenagel condensation of 1,3-dihydro-2H-indol-2-one with ferrocene carboxaldehyde afforded an approximate 2:1 mixture of the geometrical isomers (E)- and (Z)-3-ferrocenylmethylidene-1,3-dihydro-2H-indol-2-one respectively in an overall 67% yield; the air and solution-stable isomers were readily separated by preparative thin layer chromatography and(More)
The development of metal-based anticancer drugs is mainly governed by the experience accumulated with cisplatin and its analogues. The synthesis is focused on adding appropriate leaving and non-leaving groups to a transition metal in order to get more favorable DNA binding properties, and the biological activity is tested in vitro, always in a second step,(More)
We have previously shown that modification of polyphenols with a ferrocenyl group can dramatically enhance their cytotoxicity. We now present two new [3]ferrocenophane compounds, one of which has an antiproliferative effect seven times stronger than the corresponding noncyclic species, with IC50 values of 90 and 94 nM on hormone-independent MDA-MB-231(More)
The selective oestrogen receptor modulator tamoxifen is a leading agent in the adjuvant treatment of breast cancer. Several organometallic moieties have been vectorised with tamoxifen, in order to improve on the latter's antiproliferative properties by the addition of a potentially cytotoxic moiety, and have been evaluated versus both oestrogen receptor(More)