Author(s): Bergamo A, Gaiddon C, Schellens JH, Beijnen JH, Sava G
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Abstract The study of metal complexes for the treatment of cancer diseases has resulted in the identification of some unique properties of ruthenium-based compounds. Among these inorganic-based agents, two of them, namely the ruthenium(III) drugs NAMI-A and KP1019 have undertaken with some success the clinical evaluations of phase I and preliminary phase II trials in patients. Here we highlight the strategies that have led to the discovery of metal-based (NAMI-A and KP1019) and of organometallic (RM175, RAPTA-T, RDC11 and DW1/2) ruthenium-based complexes, and we report their main biological/pharmacological characteristics and expectations for further development. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in J Inorg Biochem
and referenced in Biochemistry & Pharmacology: Open Access