Bioactive Salen-type Schiff Base Transition Metal Complexes as Possible Anticancer Agents

Document Type: Research article


1 Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran.

2 Department of Medical Nanotechnology, Faculty of Advanced Technology in Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 Department of Radiopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.


Although metal-based anticancer drugs have been recognized as the most effective agents over the organic compounds, non-selectivity and high toxic effects have limited their applications in a way that only three Pt-analogues have progressed into clinical use. These problems have spurred chemists to develop different strategies based on alternative targets. This work focuses on predicting potency and mode of interactions of a series of salen type Schiff base transition metal complexes derived from meso-1,2-diphenyl-1,2-ethylenediamine, over some proteins (HDAC7, HDAC2, CatB, B-RAF kinase, TopII, RNR, TS, and rHA) using computational docking method, to be later considered as possible anticancer agents. The obtained results showed that all complexes exhibited higher affinity for HDAC7 than the other targets. Moreover, the bromo-derivatives of the copper compounds were more active on HDAC7 than the other derivatives. Such bromo compounds showed considerable interactions with Kinase, RNR, TS, and CatB. Contrary to Histone deacetylase (HAD)C7; HDAC2 was predicted to be relatively poor target. As expected, formation of the hydrophobic interactions between the metal complexes and the protein targets were essential for activity of the metal compounds. This study provides some more information for further optimizations and development of new metallodrugs as enzyme inhibitors for potential therapeutic agents.


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