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    An in vitro investigation of the induction of apoptosis and modulation of cell cycle events in human cancer cells by bisphenanthroline-coumarin-6,7-dioxacetatocopper(II) complex

    Thati, Bhumika and Noble, Andy and Creaven, Bernadette S. and Walsh, Maureen and Kavanagh, Kevin and Egan, Denise A. (2007) An in vitro investigation of the induction of apoptosis and modulation of cell cycle events in human cancer cells by bisphenanthroline-coumarin-6,7-dioxacetatocopper(II) complex. Chemico-Biological Interactions, 168 (2). pp. 143-158. ISSN 0009-2797

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    The central objective of the current study was to investigate the potential in vitro anti-proliferative properties of the parent ligand, coumarin-dioxy-acetic acid (cdoaH(2)), and its copper complex, copper-coumarin-dioxyacetic acetate-phenathroline ([Cu(cdoa)(phen)(2)]) using four human-derived model cell lines, two neoplastic and two non-neoplastic. In addition, selected mechanistic studies were carried out using one of the neoplastic-derived model cell lines, Hep-G2. Results obtained show that the complex, rather than the ligand, could alter the proliferation of both human neoplastic renal (A-498) and hepatic (Hep-G2) cells. Furthermore, hepatic non-neoplastic cells (Chang) appeared to be less sensitive. However, this effect was not mirrored in non-neoplastic renal (HK-2) cells, a profile shared with cisplatin. The observed anti-proliferative effect appeared to be concentration- and time-dependant, and could be attributed to the complex, rather than any of the component parts, i.e. 1,10-phenanthroline, the coumarin ligand, or the simple metal salt. Furthermore, the complex was shown to decrease DNA synthesis, but did not intercalate with it. Based on IC(50) values, [Cu(cdoa)(phen)(2)] was shown to be almost six times more potent than cisplatin. Moreover, there was no evidence to show that P-glycoprotein (P-gp)-mediated multi-drug resistance (MDR) was likely to play a role in decreasing the anti-proliferative activity of the complex. Cytological stains, analysis of genomic DNA, and biochemical assays [caspase-3 and -9 and cleaved poly(ADP-ribose)-polymerase protein], suggested that cell death could switch between apoptosis and necrosis, and this effect appeared to be concentration-dependent. Additionally, flow cytometric analysis showed that the complex functioned through an alteration in cell cycle progression. Taken together, [Cu(cdoa)(phen)(2)] has been shown to be a more potent anti-proliferative agent than either the ligand or cisplatin, and is capable of altering key biochemical events leading to the execution of apoptotic and/or necrotic cell death, suggesting that it is worthy of further investigation.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Apoptosis; Cell cycle progression; Copper–coumarin–phenanthroline complex; Caspase activity; PARP cleavage;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Biology
    Item ID: 7574
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    Depositing User: Dr. Kevin Kavanagh
    Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 13:48
    Journal or Publication Title: Chemico-Biological Interactions
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Technological Sector Research Programme, Strand III
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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