Cationic gold(i) heteroleptic complexes bearing a pyrazole-derived N-heterocyclic carbene: syntheses, characterizations, and cytotoxic activities†
A series of cationic gold(I) heteroleptic complexes bearing the pyrazole-derived N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) FPyr (1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-octahydropyridazino[1,2-a]indazolin-11-ylidene), and either a 1,3-disubstituted benzimidazole-derived NHC of the type RR′-bimy (3: R = R′ = CHPh2; 4: R = CHPh2, R′ = iPr; 5: R = R′ = CH2Ph; 6: R = R′ = iBu; 7: R = R′ = n-Pr; 8: R = R′ = Et; 9: R = R′ = 2-propenyl) or a non-NHC co-ligand L (10: L = PPh3; 11: L = P(OPh)3; 12: L = DMAP) (DMAP = 4-dimethylaminopyridine) have been synthesized from [AuCl(FPyr)] (1). Complexes 3–12 have been characterized using multinuclei NMR spectroscopies, ESI mass spectrometry, and elemental analysis. X-ray diffraction analyses have been performed on complexes 5, 6, and 9–11. To the best of our knowledge, 11 represents the first gold–NHC complex to bear the P(OPh)3 ligand. The cytotoxic activities of complexes 3–12 have been studied in vitro with the NCI-H1666 non-small cell lung cancer cell line.