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Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
Volume 2013, Article ID 437134, 14 pages
Research Article

Synthesis and In Vitro Antitumor Activity of Two Mixed-Ligand Oxovanadium(IV) Complexes of Schiff Base and Phenanthroline

1Department of Biology, School of Basic Courses, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510006, China
2Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Bioactive Substances, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510006, China
3Chemistry Department, School of Pharmacy, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510006, China

Received 27 October 2012; Accepted 19 December 2012

Academic Editor: Takao Yagi

Copyright © 2013 Yongli Zhang 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.


Two oxovanadium(IV) complexes of [VO(msatsc)(phen)], (1) (msatsc = methoxylsalicylaldehyde thiosemicarbazone, phen = phenanthroline) and its novel derivative [VO (4-chlorosatsc)(phen)], (2) (4-chlorosatsc = 4-chlorosalicylaldehyde thiosemicarbazone), have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, ES-MS, 1H NMR, and magnetic susceptibility measurements. Their antitumor effects on BEL-7402, HUH-7, and HepG2 cells were studied by MTT assay. The antitumor biological mechanism of these two complexes was studied in BEL-7402 cells by cell cycle analysis, Hoechst 33342 staining, Annexin V-FITC/PI assay, and detection of mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm). The results showed that the growth of cancer cells was inhibited significantly, and complexes 1 and 2 mainly caused in BEL-7402 cells G0/G1 cell cycle arrest and induced apoptosis. Both 1 and 2 decreased significantly the ΔΨm, causing the depolarization of the mitochondrial membrane. Complex 2 showed greater antitumor efficiency than that of complex 1.