Combining a Ru(ii)-arene complex with a NO-releasing nitrate-ester ligand generates cytotoxic activity.

A Ru(ii) arene complex with a NO-releasing 4-nitrooxymethyl-pyridine ligand shows increased cytotoxicity against the non-small cell lung cancer cell line A549 as compared to either the free ligand or the unfunctionalized complex. EPR spin-trapping studies show that NO release is selective, being limited in phosphate buffered saline or human serum, but… (More)