Anti-cancer gold(I) phosphine complexes: Cyclic trimers and tetramers containing the P-Au-P moiety.

Research paper by T Srinivasa TS Reddy, Steven H SH Privér, Nedaossadat N Mirzadeh, Suresh K SK Bhargava

Indexed on: 08 Jul '17Published on: 08 Jul '17Published in: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry


We report the application of cationic tri- and tetra-nuclear gold(I) phosphine complexes [Au3(μ-dppen)3]X3 and [Au4(μ-dppa)4]X4 (X=OTf, PF6) [OTf=trifluoromethanesulfonate, dppen=trans-1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethene, dppa=bis(diphenylphosphino)acetylene] for cancer treatment. The results of cytotoxicity tests on four different cancer cells [prostate (DU145), cervical (HeLa), breast (MDAMB-231) and fibro sarcoma (HT1080)] indicate these complexes possess remarkable tumor cell growth inhibitory effects and high selectivity towards cancer cells. The anti-tumor mechanism of the tri- and tetra-nuclear gold(I) complexes has also been investigated.