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Versatile synthesis of cationic N-heterocyclic carbene–gold(I) complexes containing a second ancillary ligand. Design of heterobimetallic ruthenium–gold anticancer agents

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Abstract

We describe a versatile and quick route to cationic gold(I) complexes containing N-heterocyclic carbenes and a second ancillary ligand (such as phosphanes, phosphites, arsines and amines) of interest for the synthesis of compounds with potential catalytic and medicinal applications. The general synthetic strategy has been applied in the preparation of novel cationic heterobimetallic ruthenium(II)–gold(I) complexes that are highly cytotoxic to renal cancer Caki-1 and colon cancer HCT 116 cell lines while showing a synergistic effect and being more selective than their monometallic counterparts.

Graphical abstract: Versatile synthesis of cationic N-heterocyclic carbene–gold(i) complexes containing a second ancillary ligand. Design of heterobimetallic ruthenium–gold anticancer agents

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The article was received on 24 Nov 2015, accepted on 14 Jan 2016 and first published on 25 Jan 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09718E
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 3155-3158
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    Versatile synthesis of cationic N-heterocyclic carbene–gold(I) complexes containing a second ancillary ligand. Design of heterobimetallic ruthenium–gold anticancer agents

    J. Fernández-Gallardo, B. T. Elie, M. Sanaú and M. Contel, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 3155
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09718E

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