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Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 140284, 14 pages
Review Article

On the Discovery, Biological Effects, and Use of Cisplatin and Metallocenes in Anticancer Chemotherapy

1Departamento de Química Inorgánica y Analítica, E.S.C.E.T., Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 28933 Móstoles, Spain
2Institute for Biological Research “Sinisa Stankovic”, University of Belgrade, Boulevard of Despot Stefan 142, 11060 Belgrade, Serbia
3Institut für Chemie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Kurt-Mothes-Straße 2, 06120 Halle, Germany

Received 11 March 2012; Accepted 19 May 2012

Academic Editor: Zhe-Sheng Chen

Copyright © 2012 Santiago Gómez-Ruiz 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.


The purpose of this paper is to summarize mode of action of cisplatin on the tumor cells, a brief outlook on the metallocene compounds as antitumor drugs as well as the future tendencies for the use of the latter in anticancer chemotherapy. Molecular mechanisms of cisplatin interaction with DNA, DNA repair mechanisms, and cellular proteins are discussed. Molecular background of the sensitivity and resistance to cisplatin, as well as its influence on the efficacy of the antitumor immune response was evaluated. Furthermore, herein are summarized some metallocenes (titanocene, vanadocene, molybdocene, ferrocene, and zirconocene) with high antitumor activity.