An oxo(corrolato)chromium(v) complex selectively kills cancer cells by inducing DNA damage†
An oxo(corrolato)chromium(V) complex selectively kills leukemia cells. However, this complex did not induce cell death in primary non-cancer cells. It has been observed that oxo(corrolato)chromium(V) complex induced cell death is associated with DNA damage. Interestingly, the DNA in primary cells largely remained unaffected. DNA isolated from normal and cancerous cell lines also follows similar trends. A chemical reductant, DTT, was used to probe the mechanism of DNA damage. However, it does not show any additive effect on DNA damage.