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Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences


A series of half-sandwich arene ruthenium complexes containing bidentate thiosemicarbazone ligands have been synthesized and their biological activity investigated. The compounds have the general formula [(6-p-cymene)Ru(R-ATSC)Cl]X (ATSC = 9-anthraldehyde thiosemicarbazone and R = H, CH3 and C6H5). The crystal structure of [(6-p-cymene) Ru(MeATSC)Cl]Cl have been determined and represents the first structurally characterized arene–ruthenium half-sandwich complex with a thiosemicarbazone ligand. The complexes show good cytotoxic profiles against MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 (breast adenocarcinoma) as well as HCT 116 and HT-29 (colorectal carcinoma) cell lines.

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