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Anticancer kiteplatin pyrophosphate derivatives show unexpected target selectivity for DNA


One of the promising new antitumor platinum complexes is a large-ring chelate complex [PtCl2(cis-1,4-DACH)] (DACH = diaminocyclohexane) (kiteplatin). Recently, new platinum(II) derivatives of kiteplatin with pyrophosphate as carrier ligand were synthesized and tested on a panel of human cancer cell lines. These derivatives of kiteplatin were found to be more effective than clinically used anticancer platinum drugs. The design of kiteplatin pyrophosphate derivatives came out from the concept of pyrophosphate coordinated platinum(II), phosphaplatin. Phosphaplatins were shown to function without binding to DNA so that DNA has been excluded as the target of phosphaplatins in contrast to conventional antitumor platinum drugs. Cytotoxicity, major cellular target and DNA interactions of the new anticancer platinum drug were characterized by the standard biochemical methods and methods of molecular and cellular biology. We demonstrate that, in contrast to what has been reported on closely related phosphaplatins, the derivatives of kiteplatin with the pyrophosphate carrier ligand are activated in the cellular environment. This activation, which yields species capable of platination of DNA, very likely comprises the hydrolytic release of the pyrophosphate ligand(s) that could be enzymatically catalyzed. Collectively, these data provide convincing evidence that unexpectedly DNA is an important target for the biological activity of the kiteplatin pyrophosphate derivatives, although the overall mechanism of action might be different from those of conventional platinum drugs.

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The article was received on 19 Jul 2017, accepted on 03 Sep 2017 and first published on 04 Sep 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02633A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Anticancer kiteplatin pyrophosphate derivatives show unexpected target selectivity for DNA

    J. Kasparkova, H. Kostrhunova, V. Novohradsky, J. Pracharova, A. Curci, N. Margiotta, G. Natile and V. Brabec, Dalton Trans., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02633A

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