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Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
Volume 2009, Article ID 347872, 9 pages
Research Article

Synthesis, Cytotoxic Activity, and DNA Binding Properties of Copper (II) Complexes with Hesperetin, Naringenin, and Apigenin

1The Key Laboratory for the Chemistry and Molecular Engineering of Medicinal Resources, School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Guangxi Normal University, Guilin 541004, China
2Department of Chemistry and Biology, Yulin Normal College, Yulin 537000, China
3Department of Pharmacology, Guangxi Medical University, Nanning 530021, China

Received 28 May 2009; Revised 28 July 2009; Accepted 4 August 2009

Academic Editor: Lorenzo Pellerito

Copyright © 2009 Mingxiong Tan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Complexes of copper (II) with hesperetin, naringenin, and apigenin of general composition (13) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, UV-Vis, FT-IR, ESI-MS, and TG-DTG thermal analysis. The free ligands and the metal complexes have been tested in vitro against human cancer cell lines hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG-2), gastric carcinomas (SGC-7901), and cervical carcinoma (HeLa). Complexes 1 and 3 were found to exhibit growth inhibition of SGC-7901 and HepG2 cell lines with respect to the free ligands; the inhibitory rate of complex 1 is 43.2% and 43.8%, while complex 3 is 46% and 36%, respectively. The interactions of complex 1 and its ligand Hsp with calf thymus DNA were investigated by UV-Vis, fluorescence, and CD spectra. Both complex 1 and Hsp were found to bind DNA in intercalation modes, and the binding affinity of complex 1 was stronger than that of free ligand.