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Thiolato-Bridged Arene–Ruthenium Complexes: Synthesis, Molecular Structure, Reactivity, and Anticancer Activity of the Dinuclear Complexes [(arene)2Ru2 (SR)2Cl2]

Ibao, Anne-Flore ; Gras, Michaël ; Therrien, Bruno ; Süss-Fink, Georg ; Zava, Olivier ; Dyson, Paul J.

In: European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2012, vol. 2012, no. 9, p. 1531-1535

Treatment of an arene–ruthenium dichloride dimer with thiols RSH to lead to cationic trithiolato complexes of the type [(arene) 2Ru2(SR)3]+ was shown to proceed through the neutral thiolato complexes [(arene)2Ru2(SR)2Cl2], which have been isolated and characterized for arene =... Plus

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    Summary
    Treatment of an arene–ruthenium dichloride dimer with thiols RSH to lead to cationic trithiolato complexes of the type [(arene) 2Ru2(SR)3]+ was shown to proceed through the neutral thiolato complexes [(arene)2Ru2(SR)2Cl2], which have been isolated and characterized for arene = p-MeC6H4iPr and R = CH2Ph (1), CH2CH2Ph (2), CH2C6H4-p-tBu (3), and C6H11 (4). The single-crystal X-ray structure analysis of the p-tert-butylbenzyl derivative 3 reveals that the two ruthenium atoms are bridged by the two thiolato ligands without a metal–metal bond. The neutral dithiolato complexes[(arene)2Ru2(SR)2Cl2] (1–3) are intermediates in the formation of the cationic trithiolato complexes [(arene)2Ru2(SR)3]+ (5–7). Of the new [(arene)2Ru2(SR)2Cl2] complexes, derivative 2 is highly cytotoxic against human ovarian cancer cells, with IC50 values of 0.20 μM for the A2780 cell line and 0.31 for the cisplatin-resistant cell line A2780cisR.