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Combined arene ruthenium porphyrins as chemotherapeutics and photosensitizers for cancer therapy

Schmitt, Frédéric ; Govindaswamy, Padavattan ; Zava, Olivier ; Süss-Fink, Georg ; Juillerat-Jeanneret, Lucienne ; Therrien, Bruno

In: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 2009, vol. 14, no. 1, p. 101-109

Mononuclear 5-(4-pyridyl)-10,15,20-triphenylporphyrin and 5-(3-pyridyl)-10,15,20-triphenylporphyrin as well as tetranuclear 5,10,15,20-tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin (tetra-4-pp) and 5,10,15,20-tetra(3-pyridyl)porphyrin) (tetra-3-pp) arene ruthenium(II) derivatives (arene is C6H5Me or p-PriC6H4Me) were prepared and evaluated as potential... Plus

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    Summary
    Mononuclear 5-(4-pyridyl)-10,15,20-triphenylporphyrin and 5-(3-pyridyl)-10,15,20-triphenylporphyrin as well as tetranuclear 5,10,15,20-tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin (tetra-4-pp) and 5,10,15,20-tetra(3-pyridyl)porphyrin) (tetra-3-pp) arene ruthenium(II) derivatives (arene is C6H5Me or p-PriC6H4Me) were prepared and evaluated as potential dual photosensitizers and chemotherapeutics in human Me300 melanoma cells. In the absence of light, all tetranuclear complexes were cytotoxic (IC50 ≤ 20 μM), while the mononuclear derivatives were not (IC50 ≥ 100 μM). Kinetic studies of tritiated thymidine and tritiated leucine incorporations in cells exposed to a low concentration (5 μM) of tetranuclear p-cymene derivatives demonstrated a rapid inhibition of DNA synthesis, while protein synthesis was inhibited only later, suggesting arene ruthenium–DNA interactions as the initial cytotoxic process. All complexes exhibited phototoxicities toward melanoma cells when exposed to laser light of 652 nm. At low concentration (5 μM), LD50 of the mononuclear derivatives was between 5 and 10 J/cm2, while for the tetranuclear derivatives LD50 was approximately 2.5 J/cm2 for the [Ru46-arene)4 (tetra-4-pp)Cl8] complexes and less than 0.5 J/cm2 for the [Ru46-arene)4 (tetra-3-pp)Cl8] complexes. Examination of cells under a fluorescence microscope revealed the [Ru46-arene)4 (tetra-4-pp)Cl8] complexes as cytoplasmic aggregates, whereas the [Ru4(η6-arene)4(tetra-3-pp)Cl8] complexes were homogenously dispersed in the cytoplasm. Thus, these complexes present a dual synergistic effect with good properties of both the arene ruthenium chemotherapeutics and the porphyrin photosensitizer.