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Ruthenium(II) arene anticancer complexes [(η 6-arene)Ru(en)Cl]PF6 (arene is hexamethylbenzene, p-cymene, indan; en is ethylenediamine) can catalyse regioselective reduction of NAD+ by formate in water to form 1,4-NADH, at pD 7.2, 37 °C, and in the presence of air. The catalytic activity is markedly dependent on the arene, with the hexamethylbenzene (hmb)(More)
Although platinum-based drugs such as cisplatin are powerful anticancer agents, they have undesirable side effects and are effective against only a few kinds of cancers. There is, therefore, a need for new drugs with an improved spectrum of efficacy and lower toxicity. Complexes of copper, gold and silver (coinage metals) are potential candidates to fulfill(More)
The existing toxicity data on the effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata (green alga) are quite insufficient. These data were derived using different test techniques (e.g. conventional batch test, closed-system test, semi-static test). The relative toxicity relationship for various PAHs is thus difficult to(More)
Our work has shown that certain ruthenium(II) arene complexes exhibit promising anticancer activity in vitro and in vivo. The complexes are stable and water-soluble, and their frameworks provide considerable scope for optimising the design, both in terms of their biological activity and for minimising side-effects by variations in the arene and the other(More)
The copper(ii) complexes of two salicylaldehyde semicarbazones, HOC(6)H(4)CH[double bond, length as m-dash]N-NHCONR(2) [H(2)Bnz(2) (R = CH(2)Ph) and H(2)Bu(2) (R = Bu)], were evaluated for their DNA binding and cleavage properties by spectrophotometric DNA titration, ethidium bromide displacement assay and electrophoretic mobility shift assay. Results(More)
The in vitro cytotoxic studies of a series of salicylaldehyde semicarbazones, HOC₆H₄CH=N-NHCONR₂ (H₂R₂) and their Cu(II) complexes on a number of human tumor cell lines were conducted and it was observed that their cytotoxicities were enhanced following complexation to copper. These copper(II) complexes also demonstrated higher in vitro activities than the(More)
Oxidative decarbonylation of Re2(CO)10 by Me3NO in a mixture of THF and MeOH followed by addition of alkyl-chained diphosphine Ph2P(CH2)nPPh2 (PP) (n ) 1-4) gives Re2(μ-OMe)2(μ-PP)(CO)6 in 34, 29, 28, and 10% yields, respectively. This methanolytic oxidation across the Re-Re bond provides a general and one-step route for the synthesis of these dirhenium(More)
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