Synthesis, structural and chemosensitivity studies of arena d6 metal complexes having N-phenyl-N'-(pyridyl/pyrimidyl) thiourea derivatives

Sanjay Adhikari, Omar Hussain, Roger Phillips, Werner Kaminsky, Mohan Rao Kollipara

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)


The d6 metal complexes of thiourea derivatives were synthesized to investigate its cytotoxicity. Treatment of various N‐phenyl‐N ́ pyridyl/pyrimidyl thiourea ligands with half‐sandwich d6 metal precursors yielded a series of cationic com- plexes. Reactions of ligand (L1‐L3) with [(p‐cymene)RuCl2]2 and [Cp*MCl2]2 (M = Rh/Ir) led to the formation of a series of cationic complexes bearing gen- eral formula [(arene)M(L1)к2(N,S)Cl]+, [(arene)M(L2)к2(N,S)Cl]+ and [(arene) M(L3)к2(N,S)Cl]+ [arene = p‐cymene, M = Ru (1, 4, 7); Cp*, M = Rh (2, 5, 8); Cp*, Ir (3, 6, 9)]. These compounds were isolated as their chloride salts. X‐ray crystallographic studies of the complexes revealed the coordination of the ligands to the metal in a bidentate chelating N,S‐ manner. Further the cytotox- icity studies of the thiourea derivatives and its complexes evaluated against HCT‐116 (human colorectal cancer), MIA‐PaCa‐2 (human pancreatic cancer) and ARPE‐19 (non‐cancer retinal epithelium) cancer cell lines showed that the thiourea ligands displayed no activity. Upon complexation however, the metal compounds possesses cytotoxicity and whilst potency is less than cisplatin, several complexes exhibited greater selectivity for HCT‐116 or MIA‐ PaCa‐2 cells compared to ARPE‐19 cells than cisplatin in vitro. Rhodium complexes of thiourea derivatives were found to be more potent as compared to ruthenium and iridium complexes.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere4362
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number6
Early online date6 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


Cite this