Marina Bacac

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We have analysed the toxicity of highly cationic, artificial alpha-helical antimicrobial peptides on blood cells to assess their suitability for systemic application. Flow cytometric methods, based on the uptake of propidium iodide, were used to obtain a rapid and quantitative estimate of membrane damage to resting and concanavalin A-activated mouse(More)
The coordination of the antimetastatic agent NAMI-A, [H(2)im][trans-RuCl(4)(dmso-S)(Him)], (Him=imidazole; dmso=dimethyl sulfoxide), to the DNA model base 9-methyladenine (9-MeAde) was investigated in water. NMR spectroscopy was first applied for the study of the molecular stability and hydrolysis of NAMI-A in aqueous solution over a range of pH (3.0-7.4)(More)
The automated parallel solid-phase synthesis of a 36-member library of peptide-tethered platinum(II) complexes is described. The identity and quality of each product were confirmed by mass spectrometry and (1)H NMR. Subsequently, each compound was screened for in vitro anticancer activity by treating the A2780 (human ovarian carcinoma) cell line with two(More)
The dichlorobis(2-phenylazopyridine)ruthenium(II) complexes, [Ru(azpy)2Cl2], are under renewed investigation due to their potential anticancer activity. The three most common isomers α-, β- and γ-[RuL2Cl2] with L=o-tolylazopyridine (tazpy) and 4-methyl-2-phenylazopyridine (mazpy) (α indicating the coordinating Cl, N(pyridine) and Nazo atoms in mutual cis,(More)
The effects of NAMI-A, [H2im][trans-RuCl4(dmso-S)(Him)], a new metal-based agent for treating tumor metastases, have been investigated in vitro on splenocytes, ConA- or LPS-activated T and B lymphoblasts, and thymocytes. Splenocytes and thymocytes exposed for 1 h to 0.01–0.1-mM NAMI-A do not change their mitochondrial functionality, cell cycle distribution,(More)
New water-soluble bis(2-phenylazopyridine)ruthenium(II) complexes, all derivatives of the highly cytotoxic alpha-[Ru(azpy)(2)Cl(2)] (alpha denoting the coordinating pairs Cl, N(py), and N(azo) as cis, trans, cis, respectively) have been developed. The compounds 1,1-cyclobutanedicarboxylatobis(2-phenylazopyridine)ruthenium(II),(More)
Intratumor (i.t.) injection of 35 mg/kg/day NAMI-A for six consecutive days to CBA mice bearing i.m. implants of MCa mammary carcinoma reduces primary tumor growth and particularly lung metastasis formation, causing 60% of animals to be free of macroscopically detectable metastases. The i.t. treatment allows study of the effects of NAMI-A on in vivo tumor(More)
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