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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2018, Article ID 8395374, 10 pages
Research Article

New Silver Complexes with Mixed Thiazolidine and Phosphine Ligands as Highly Potent Antimalarial and Anticancer Agents

1Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Lembah Pantai, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Campus, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3Bioassay Unit, Herbal Medicine Research Centre, Institute for Medical Research, Jalan Pahang, 50588 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Correspondence should be addressed to Rozie Sarip;

Received 6 March 2018; Revised 1 June 2018; Accepted 14 June 2018; Published 16 July 2018

Academic Editor: Kokhwa Lim

Copyright © 2018 Nur Rahimah Fitrah Mohd Sofyan 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.


Five silver(I) complexes containing a mixed ligand system of phosphine and thiazolidine were successfully synthesized. The structural information of the complexes was assembled using various spectroscopic techniques such as CHN elemental analysis, Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR), 1H, 13C, and 31P{1H} NMR spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). A bidentate phosphine ligand acted as a chelating agent which bond to the silver in 1 : 2 molar ratios. Meanwhile, thiazolidine was attached to the silver in a 1 : 1 molar ratio. The antiplasmodial properties of all synthesized complexes were investigated on chloroquine-resistant P. falciparum parasite via HRP2 assays and cytotoxicity tests on Vero cells. Of all the synthesized complexes, complex 2 showed the highest SI value (more than 12.4) followed by complex 5 (6.6). The potent properties of compounds 2 and 5 were also noted in the in vitro antiproliferative assays involving MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 breast cancer cell lines as well as HT-29 colon cancer cell line. Complex 2 was selective for MDA-MB-231 cells (GI50 = 1.9 ± 0.3 µM), while complex 5 acted predominantly on breast carcinoma cells (GI50 MDA-MB-231 = 4.7 ± 1.1 µM; MCF-7 = 2.9 ± 0.9 µM) instead of colon carcinoma (HT-29) cells (GI50 = 15.1 ± 1.9 µM).

1. Introduction

Over the years, the synthesis of complexes with transition metals and mixed ligand that offers few points of donating ability has attracted much attention due to their special structures [13], catalytic abilities [4, 5], and especially their potential applications in biomedical field [6]. In particular, silver(I) complexes containing mono- or bidentate phosphine ligands and thiol or thione moieties have well-established applications in the form of anticancer [7, 8] and antimalarial [9, 10] agents. Numerous ligands derived from mono- and diphosphines have been explored for their ability to coordinate with silver, hence enabling their development as antiproliferative agents [11]. Thiazolidine is one of the compounds which show good potential in various biological activities [12, 13]. Based on the analyses and databases from the National Cancer Institute (NCI, USA), approximately about 42,247 compounds which consist of 734 nonfused and 146 fused thiazolidine derivatives are active in three tumor cell line assays. On the contrary, malaria is a parasitic disease that occurs predominantly in tropical countries. In 2015 alone, 212 million malaria cases have been reported worldwide [14]. An increasing number of research on the application of silver(I) complexes has been conducted as the complexes are a leading candidate for the curing of various infectious diseases [15, 16]. The development of a new metallotherapeutic drug containing silver coordination compound provides many benefits to human body because of its low toxicity [17]. Although cisplatin has a high cure rate, its uses are limited owing to side effects and toxicity issues [18, 19]. On the contrary, the commercial antimalarial drug chloroquine showed some degree of ineffectiveness in light of parasite resistance [20]. As such, to overcome the limitations of cisplatin and chloroquine, we studied another form of metal-based drug which was less harmful and more effective by using silver complexes with a mixed ligand system of bioactive thiazolidine and phosphine. Even though malaria and cancer are totally different diseases with different symptoms, it is surprisingly possible to cure both diseases using the same drug since they have similar pathophysiology and mechanistic treatment pathway [21, 22]. Based on recent researches, there are also a number of anticancer drugs that display potent antimalarial properties [23]. Hence, we attempted to uncover compounds that can fulfil both roles, as an anticancer and antimalaria agent. In this research, we report the preparation of the silver(I) complexes with thiazolidine and different phosphine ligands along with their in vitro antiplasmodial and antiproliferative activities.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Experimental and Instrumentation

All the solvents and reagents were of analytical grade and purchased commercially from Sigma-Aldrich Ltd. The silver nitrate and 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)methane (dppm), 1,1-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane (dppe), 1,1-bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene (dppf), triphenylphosphine (PPh3), tri(o-tolyl)phosphine, ethanol, methanol, and acetonitrile were used as supplied without further purification unless stated otherwise. The CHN analyses were performed by PerkinElmer CHNS/O 2400 Series II. The infrared (IR) spectra were determined using a PerkinElmer Spectrum One FT-IR spectrophotometer (ATR) at a frequency range 450–4000 cm−1. JEOL FT-NMR ECX 400 (ECX 400) was employed to measure the NMR spectra of 1H, 13C, and 31P{1H} at 400 MHz in deuterated solvents without internal reference. The presence of metals and other elements was detected by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) was recorded on an X-ray diffractometer (PANalytical, Netherlands) with Cu Kα characteristic radiation (wavelength λ = 0.154 nm) at the voltage of 40 kV and current of 40 mA, the scanning rate was 4.25°/min, and the scanning scope of 2θ was from 0 to 90° at room temperature (25°C), while the thermogravimetric analysis were carried out on a PerkinElmer TGA 4000 thermogravimetric analyzer at a heating rate of 10°C/min.

2.1.1. Synthesis of 3-Benzyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione

The thiazolidine ligand was synthesized in accordance to a method reported in the literature, with slight modifications [24]. Generally, benzylaminoethanol (10 mmol, 1.4 mL) was added dropwise into a solution of potassium hydroxide (50 mmol, 2.81 mg) in ethanol (50 mL). A clear solution was formed. Carbon disulfide (50 mmol, 3 mL) was added dropwise to the reaction mixture and then refluxed (90°C) for 18 h, resulting in an orange precipitate. This precipitate was filtered out and left to dry in an oven overnight.

Yield, 88%, m.p. 132–133°C. Anal. Calc. for C10H11NS2: C, 57.38; H, 5.30; N, 6.69; and S, 30.64. Found: C, 57.06; H, 4.96; N, 6.34; and S, 30.61. IR: ѵ(C-N) 1149 and ѵ(C=S) 1242. 1H NMR (ppm, CD3CN): 7.37–7.25 (m, 5.41H, Ar-H); 4.93 (s, 2.07H, N-CH2); 3.95 (t, 2.01H, N-CH2); and 3.23 (t, 2H, S-CH2). 13C NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 196.9 (C=S); 135–127 (4C, C-Ar); 56.3 (C-N); 51.9 (C-N); and 26.8 (C-S).

2.2. Synthesis of Silver Complexes

The complexes were prepared in accordance with the previously reported procedure [25] with slight modifications (Figure 1; Table 1). Different mono- and bidentate phosphines were utilized. For the bidentate phosphine, a suspension of silver nitrate (2.00 mmol, 0.17 mg) and bis-(diphenylphosphino)methane (1.00 mmol, 0.19 mg), 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane (1.00 mmol, 0.20 mg), or 1,1-bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene (1 mmol, 0.50 mg) in acetonitrile (10 mL) was stirred at 40°C. A solution of 3-benzyl-thiazolidine-2-thione (2 mmol, 0.21 mg) in methanol (10 mL) was then added. The resulting solution was filtered, and the clear solution was reduced to dryness.

Figure 1: Proposed structure of silver complexes—corresponding P-ligand as listed in Table 1.
Table 1: The complexes with its phosphine ligand.

While for monodentate phosphine [26], a solution of silver nitrate (0.14 mmol, 0.02 mg) in acetonitrile (10 mL) was added to a solution of 3-benzyl-thiazolidine-2-thione (0.28 mmol, 0.06 mg) in methanol (10 mL) followed by stirring at room temperature for 4 h. Then, a solution of triphenylphosphine (0.14 mmol, 0.04 mg) or tri(o-tolyl)phosphine (0.14 mmol, 0.04 mg) in acetonitrile (5 mL) and methanol (5 mL) was added. The resulting solution was then filtered and reduced to dryness.

2.2.1. [Ag2(dppm)(3-benzyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione)2].(NO3)2, 1

Yield, 54%, m.p. 190–191°C. Anal. Calc: C, 54.56; H, 4.24; N, 2.36, and S; 10.79 Found: C, 54.24; H, 3.92; N, 2.24, and S; 10.43. IR data (cm−1): ѵ (NO3) 1310, ѵ (C-N) 1223, ѵ (C=S) 1152, and ѵ (P-Cph) 1094. 1H NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 7.50–7.18 (m, 30H, Ar-H); 4.89 (s, 4.00H, N-CH2); 3.91 (t, 4.36H, J = 8 Hz, N-CH2); 3.67 (s, 2.09H, CH2-P); and 3.13 (t, 4.24H, J = 8 Hz, S-CH2). 13C NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 196.7 (C=S); 136–128 (8C, Ar-C); 56.6 (C-N); 52.3 (C-N); 26.8 (C-S); and 25 (CH2-P). 31P{1H} NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 5.2, 8.0 (s)

2.2.2. [Ag2(dppf)(3-benzyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione)2].(NO3)2, 2

Yield: 54%, Mp: 190–191°C. Anal. Calc: C, 54.56; H, 4.24; N, 2.36, and S; 10.79 Found: C, 54.24; H, 3.92; N, 2.24, and S; 10.43. IR data (cm−1): ѵ (NO3) 1307, ѵ (C-N) 1223, ѵ (C=S) 1163, and ѵ (P-Cph) 1095. 1H NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 7.50–7.28 (m, 30H, Ar-H); 4.93 (s, 4.37H, N-CH2); 4.35 (s, 4H, C5H4); 4.17 (s, 4.28H, C5H4); 3.95 (t, 4H, J = 8 Hz, N-CH2); and 3.11 (t, 4.32H, J = 8 Hz, S-CH2). 13C NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 197.1 (C=S); 135–127 (8C, Ar-C); 74 (C5H4); 72 (C5H4); 57.1 (C-N); 52.5 (C-N); and 27.3 (C-S). 31P{1H} NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): −1.4 (s)

2.2.3. [Ag2(dppe)(3-benzyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione)2].(NO3)2, 3

Yield, 55%, m.p. 156–157°C. Anal. Calc: C, 53.49; H, 4.49; N, 2.70, and S; 12.42 Found: C, 53.12; H, 4.27; N, 2.61, and S; 12.08. IR data (cm−1): ѵ (NO3) 1307, ѵ (C-N) 1223, ѵ (C=S) 1153, and ѵ (P-Cph) 1097. 1H NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 7.42–7.22 (m, 30H, Ar-H); 4.88 (s, 4.01H, N-CH2); 3.92 (t, 4H, J = 8 Hz, N-CH2); 3.12 (t, 4.12H, J = 8 Hz, S-CH2); and 2.46 (s, 4.15H, CH2-CH2-P). 13C NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 196.9 (C=S); 135–127 (8C, C-Ar); 56.9 (C-N); 52.4 (C-N); 27.3 (C-S); and 24 (CH2-CH2-P). 31P{1H} NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 4.3 (s)

2.2.4. [Ag2(PPh3)2(3-benzyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione)4].(NO3)2, 4

Yield, 54%, m.p. 135–136°C. Anal. Calc: C, 57.86; H, 4.73; N, 3.55, and S; 16.26 Found: C, 57.72; H, 4.46; N, 3.38, and S; 16.04. IR data (cm−1): ѵ (NO3) 1314, ѵ (C-N) 1223, ѵ (C=S) 1154, ѵ (P-Cph) 1092. 1H NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 7.33–7.15 (m, 50.37H, Ar-H); 4.91 (s, 7.80H, N-CH2); 3.94 (t, 8H, J = 8 Hz, N-CH2); and 3.18 (t, 7.88H, J = 8 Hz, S-CH2). 13C NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 196.9 (C=S); 136–127 (8C, C-Ar); 56.4 (C-N); 52.1 (C-N); and 26.9 (C-S). 31P{1H} NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 8.3 (s)

2.2.5. [Ag2(Tri(o-tolyl)phosphine)2(3-benzyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione)4].(NO3)2, 5

Yield, 37%, m.p. 144–145°C. Anal. Calc: C, 59.27; H, 5.22; N, 3.37, and S; 15.54 Found: C, 59.12; H, 4.97; N, 3.06, and S; 15.36. IR data (cm−1): ѵ (NO3) 1315, ѵ (C-N) 1266, ѵ (C=S) 1160, and ѵ (P-Cph) 1129. 1H NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 7.40–6.62 (m, 44.24H, Ar-H); 4.92 (s, 8H, N-CH2); 3.95 (t, 7.52H, J = 8 Hz, N-CH2); 3.21 (t, 8.35H, J= 8 Hz, S-CH2); and 2.31 (s, 17.86H, CH3-Ar-P). 13C NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): 197.1 (C=S); 143–126 (10C, C-Ar); 56.4 (C-N); 52.1 (C-N); 26.9 (C-S); and 20 (C-Ar-P). 31P{1H} NMR (400 MHz, CD3CN, δ ppm): −27.8, 37 (s)

2.3. In Vitro Antiplasmodial Assay
2.3.1. In Vitro Culture and Synchronization of P. falciparum

The chloroquine-resistant P. falciparum was grown in an incubator at 5% CO2. The culture was prepared in a 25 cm3 culture flask with filtered vent and maintained in a complete RPMI 1640 culture medium (Invitrogen, USA). Fresh red cells of blood group O were used as a host to grow the P. falciparum, with the initial culture containing 1% parasitemia at a hematocrit of 2.5%. The parasite density was monitored daily by means of making thin blood smears stained with 10% Giemsa solution, after which they were observed under the microscope at magnification of 1000x. The parasites were synchronized using a 5% sorbitol [27] and then cultured for one complete cycle. The P. falciparum infected red blood cell culture with a parasitemia level of approximately 5 to 7% was used in vitro for the histidine-rich protein (HRP2) assay.

2.3.2. P. falciparum Histidine-Rich Protein 2 (HRP2) Assay

The HRP2 is a specific protein secreted by the P. falciparum parasites during their blood stage cycle [28]. The HRP2 assay was carried out according to the procedure specified in the literature [29, 30] with some modifications. Briefly, the substance was dissolved in 100% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) to obtain 5 mg/ml stock solutions. For each compound stock plate, the compounds (5 mg/ml) were serially diluted (2-fold dilution) to give 7-point concentrations (ranging from 0.08 mg/ml to 5 mg/ml) in DMSO in wells A1 to A7 of a 96-well plate. 15 µl of each serially diluted stock was transferred into watery plates containing 225 µl of sterile H2O. An aliquot of the mixture was used in the HRP2 assay.

Ring-infected RBCs with 5% parasitemia were adjusted to 0.05% parasitemia and 1.5% hematocrit. A total of 190 µl of parasitized RBCs at 1.5% hematocrit were added into each well of the test plate. 10 µl of serially diluted compounds from the preprepared plates were transferred to the test plates containing parasitized RBCs after which they were incubated in a candle jar at 37°C for 72 h. The final concentrations of the compounds ranged from 0.25 µg/ml to 15.7 µg/ml, with the concentration of DMSO being 0.3%.

Chloroquine (CQ) (Sigma, USA), quinine (Q) (Sigma, USA), mefloquine (Mef) (Sigma, USA), and artemisinin (Art) (Sigma, USA) were used as standard control to validate the test. The ranges of the standards concentration were as follows: (1) 27.7–1772.6 nM for CQ, (2) 54.6–3495 nM for Q, (3) 9.4–601.3 nM for Mef, and (4) 0.8–51.2 nM for Art. Sterile H2O and infected RBCs without the tested compounds were the negative controls in this study.

After incubating for 72 h, the test plates were kept at −80°C overnight. After being thawed at room temperature, 100 µl of the P. falciparum-infected RBC lysates was transferred from the test plates into ELISA plates coated with immunoglobulin M (IgM) capture antibodies (MPFM-55A, ICL, Inc, Newberg, OR, USA) specific for P. falciparum HRP2 (1 µg/ml in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS)). Subsequently, the ELISA plates were incubated in a humidity chamber for 1 h at room temperature. The plates were washed three times with 0.05% PBS-Tween 20 (PBST), following which 100 μl of the horseradish peroxidase-conjugated (0.2 µg/ml in PBS) detector antibodies (MPFG-55P, ICL, Inc., Newberg, OR, USA) was added to each well. Incubation was done in a humidity chamber for 1 h at room temperature. A subsequent washing step as mentioned above was followed by the addition of 100 µl of 3,3’, 5,5-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) chromogen (Zymed Lab., Inc., San Francisco, CA, USA) into each well. After being incubated for 10 min in the absence of light, 50 µl of 1 M sulfuric acid was added to the wells. The absorbance was determined by an ELISA plate reader at a wavelength of 450 nm (FLUOstar Omega, Germany). Finally, the collected data were keyed into to the HN-nonLin software ( to obtain the 50% effective concentration (EC50) values directly from the graphs. All tests were performed in triplicates.

2.4. In Vitro Cytotoxicity Assay

The Vero cells, the kidney epithelial cells isolated from African green monkey, were used as a representative of normal cell lines in cytotoxicity assay for determination of cytotoxic activity of each compound. The Vero cells were maintained in complete DMEM culture medium containing 25 mM HEPES, 0.4% sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), 100 U of Penstrep (100 U of each penicillin and streptomycin) supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS). The cytotoxicities of the synthesized compounds were measured via 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay [31]. Prior to the day of testing, the stock plates were prepared by serially diluting (2-fold dilution) the compounds (2.5 mg) to 7-point concentrations (ranging from 0.08 mg/ml to 5 mg/ml) with DMSO. Then, a 6 µl of serially diluted stocks was transferred into a 96-well plate containing 294 µl of complete DMEM media (medium plates). Subsequently, 100 µl of the compounds was taken from the medium plate (as prepared) and added to the test plate containing 100 µl of complete DMEM media with 1 × 103 Vero cells. The final concentration ranged between 0.78 µg/ml and 25 µg/ml. The final concentration of DMSO in all the tests was less than 1%. All tests were performed in triplicates.

The positive control for the cell growth was the cell suspension without the test substance, while the negative control cell suspension with 0.05% Triton × 100. The cultures were incubated at 37°C in 5% CO2 incubator for 72 h. Then, 50 μl of MTT solution (5 mg MTT in 1 mL PBS and 2.5 mL of DMEM media) was added to each well. Following further incubation for 4 h at 37°C and 5% CO2 incubator, the medium was removed and replaced with 200 µl of DMSO to solubilize the MTT formazan product. The solution was mixed for 15 min and once for 30 s before the absorbance and was measured using a microplate reader (FLUOstar Omega, Germany) at a wavelength 540 nm. The 50% effective concentration (EC50) of antiplasmodial activity and 50% cytotoxic concentration (CC50) were determined based on a dose response curve. A selectivity index (SI)—which corresponded to the ratio between the antiplasmodial and cytotoxic activities—was calculated according to the following formula:

2.5. Antiproliferative Assay

The three human cancer cell lines used in the present study, human breast cancer cell lines, MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7, and human colon cancer cell line, and HT-29 were purchased from American Type Culture Collection (ATCC, Rockville, MD, USA). Cells were grown as monolayer culture in Dulbecco’s modified Eagle medium (DMEM) (Gibco BRL, Grand Island, NY, USA) supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum (Gibco BRL), 25 mM HEPES (Sigma), and 1% antibiotic (Gibco BRL) in tissue culture flasks in a humidified incubator at 37°C at an atmosphere of 95% air and 5% carbon dioxide. Cells were kept in the logarithmic growth phase by routine passage every 2-3 days using 0.025% trypsin-EDTA treatment.

Sulforhodamine B (SRB) assay was carried out as described in the previous studies to determine the 50% growth inhibition (GI50) values of all the compounds [32]. Initially, the cells were seeded in 96-well plates at a density of either 1 × 105 cells/ml (MCF-7) or 2 × 105 cells/ml (MDA-MB-231 and HT-29), after which incubation was done overnight to allow the cells to adhere to the bottom of the plates. The next day, some of the plates were processed to determine the density at time zero (t0). According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the use of t0 control allows the determination of the amount of cells killed as well as the net inhibition of growth [32]. The cells in the remaining plates were treated with compounds 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 at concentrations ranging from 0.383–12.269 µM, 0.378–12.103 µM, 0.657–21.031 µM, 0.496–15.846 µM, and 1.881–60.176 µM, respectively. After 48 h, the cells were fixed in the plates using 50 µl of 50% (w/v) trichloroacetic acid (TCA) solution, following which they were further incubated at 4°C for 1 h. The plates were then washed five times with tap water and air-dried prior to staining with 100 µl of 0.4% (w/v) SRB staining solution. Further incubation was done for 10 min at room temperature. Subsequently, the plates were washed three times with 1% (v/v) acetic acid to remove the unbound stains. After air-drying, the wells were added with 200 µl of 10 mM Trizma base and shaken well for 10 min. Henceforth, the absorbance was measured using a microplate reader at a wavelength of 490 nm. All experiments were carried out in triplicates. GI50 was calculated using the following formula:

3. Results and Discussion

The synthesized 3-benzyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione ligands were reacted with silver nitrate and one of the following: (a) 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)methane (dppm), (b) 1,1-bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene (dppf), (c) 1,1-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane (dppe), (d) triphenylphosphine (PPh3), or (e) tri(o-tolyl)phosphine. The molar ratio (Ag : S : P) of the three reactants was 2 : 2 : 1 if phosphines (a)(c) were used, or 1:2:1 if (d) or (e) were used. The solvent was a mixture of acetonitrile/methanol. Based on the reaction between silver, thiazolidine, mono-, or bidentate phosphine ligands, complexes 1, 3, 4, and 5 produced a clear black solution, while complex 2, a clear orange solution. According to the 1H NMR data, the synthesized silver(I) complexes were found to be nonhygroscopic and thus stable (free from decomposition) for at least a year of monitoring. Besides, all the complexes were found to have good solubility in certain organic solvents such as acetonitrile, dimethyl sulfoxide, diethyl ether, and dimethylformamide.

3.1. Spectroscopic Data Analysis

The 3-benzyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione ligand offers three types of donor atoms which are thiocarbonyl sulfur atom, the nitrogen atom, and the endocyclic sulfur atom. ѵ (C=S) in complexes 1 to 5 were assigned at 1275–1030 cm−1 that observed to be shifted to a lower energy as compared to the free 3-benzyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione ligand. The displacement to lower energies of the thioamide band shows the coordination to silver metal through the C=S sulfur atom. Meanwhile, the ѵ (C-N) at 1360–1180 cm−1 in the spectra was observed to shift to higher energies; this did not occur in the free ligand. The nitrogen and sulfur within the ring containing electron pairs which were in resonance with the thiocarbonyl group lead to higher delocalization of electrons and lower the ability of coordination [33]. The presence of phosphine ligand was confirmed by its characteristic ѵ (P-Cph) band in the range of 1130–1090 cm−1 and a sharp band at about 1300 cm−1, indicating the existence of noncoordinated NO3 in all complexes.

In the 1H NMR spectra of the thiazolidine ligand, there were signals observed in the δ 7.29–δ 7.39 ppm region which corresponded to aromatic protons. As for the complexes, the additional aromatic protons observed at the δ 6.68–7.50 ppm region indicated the existence of aromatic groups from the phosphine ligand. Also, the peaks for the N-CH2 and S-CH2 signals in all the complexes were shifted slightly upfield relative to the free thiazolidine ligand. For complex 1, a singlet signal was seen at δ 3.67 ppm in light of the -CH2 protons in the dppm ligand. As for complex 3, there was a peak at δ 2.46 ppm corresponding to the four protons of the ethylene group in the dppe ligand. Meanwhile, the two broad signals at δ 4.35 ppm and δ 4.17 ppm for complex 2 were attributable to the cyclopentyl protons of the dppf ligand. For complex 5, there was a singlet peak at δ 2.31 ppm owing to the -CH3 protons in the orthoposition of the tri(o-tolyl)phosphine ligands.

The FTIR and 1H NMR data strongly suggested the coordination between the thiazolidine ligand and silver centre via the thione sulfur. In the 13C NMR spectrum, the proof of the bonding between the aforementioned molecules was also reflected by the C=S signal, in which a change in the chemical shift value (ca. δ 0.2 ppm) was present; again, this was not seen as in free thiazolidine ligands [33]. A downfield shift in δ C-N and δ C-S relative to the free thiazolidine ligands was also observed. Furthermore, there were additional carbon peaks in the spectra at δ 25.3 ppm for complex 1, δ 74.8 ppm and δ72.8 ppm for complex 2, δ 24.4 ppm for complex 3, and δ 20.5 ppm for complex 5, all of which denote the carbon signals from the corresponding phosphine ligands.

It was observed that in comparison to free phosphine ligands, the 31P{1H} NMR resonances in all the complexes were shifted downfield in light of the formation of σ bonds between P and Ag. As per the 31P{1H} NMR data of complexes 2, 3, and 4, the singlet peaks can be ascribed to two chemically-equivalent P atoms each in dppf and dppe, as well as one in triphenylphosphine. However, the spectrum of compound 1 surprisingly showed two different singlet peaks at δ 5.2 and δ 8.0 ppm. In contrast, its corresponding free dppm ligand had only one singlet peak. This phenomenon could presumably be attributed to the fact that there were nonequivalent phosphorus atoms in the complex probably due to the 31P-109/107Ag coupling [3436]. For complex 5, the 31P{1H} NMR spectrum revealed two singlet peaks at δ −27.8 and 38 ppm. The peak which was at an unusually low frequency (δ −27.8 ppm) was also reported by Rizatto et. al. that reflected the indication of the formation of an unexpected product with the presence of an uncoordinated P-atom from the tri(o-tolyl)phosphine ligand [37, 38]. Since we are yet to obtain the X-ray crystallography, it is worth noting that the affirmations of complex 5 structures are still uncertain.

The obtained complexes were subjected to EDX analysis (refer Supplementary Materials (available here)) to confirm the presence of silver metal in each compound. The analysis revealed the presence of silver metal, which was in agreement with the molar ratio used as well as all the other components that were expected to be present.

3.2. Powder X-Ray Diffraction Analysis (PXRD)

The growth of crystals sufficient for X-ray single crystal analysis of all the synthesized complexes was attempted several times by utilising various techniques. However, it is difficult to crystallize the silver complexes especially containing sulfur and nitrogen as donor atoms due to its tendency of intramolecular interactions and formation into a polymeric state [39, 40]. Thus, we probed the complexes for powder X-ray diffraction analysis to obtain its phase identification, determination of unit cell dimensions, as well as measurement of sample purity. These data complement with our findings from other spectroscopic methods that suggest the structural rearrangement of the complexes.

The PXRD diffractograms were obtained within the 2θ range of 25–50° (refer Supplementary Materials (available here)). The diffractogram of each complex was compared to their corresponding thiazolidine and phosphine ligands based on the diffraction pattern of AgNO3 as a standard reference (and starting material). The diffractogram patterns demonstrated the silver characteristics of face-centred cubic. Nonetheless, the broader peaks observed were due to the noncrystalline sample with relatively smaller sizes (ca. <20 Å) [25, 36]. On Comparison of peaks of the complexes 2 and 3, AgNO3, 3-benzyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione and its phosphine ligand (Figure 2) indicated the successful complex formation due to the presence of matched peaks which show the insertion of ligands to the metal center. The prominent peak for the (111) unit cell dimensions observed at 2θ value ca. 34° slightly shifted from the AgNO3 peak (ca. 36°) and confirmed the purity of the synthesized compounds which was also justified by the CHN, FTIR, and NMR results.

Figure 2: PXRD diffraction patterns of complexes 2 and 3.
3.3. Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

The thermal decompositions of complexes 1–5 were carried out to study its decomposition behaviour (refer Supplementary Materials (available here)). The TGA curved for complex 1 showed the decomposition of the silver metal to Ag2O and the phosphine molecules to its oxide form which was 34.99% (theoretical: 35%) starting from 450°C to 900°C and for complex 3 was 32.41% (theoretical: 34.54%) starting from 490°C to 900°C. Other than that, the percentage decomposition of Ag, phosphine, and Fe molecules to the oxide forms for complex 2 was 40.16% (theoretical: 39.32%) starting from 710°C to 886°C. Meanwhile, for complex 4, the percentage of decomposition of Ag was 25.73% (theoretical: 29.38%) between 500°C and 880°C, while that for complex 5 was 25.27% (theoretical: 27.89%) from 300°C to 900°C. Thus, with respect to the data, it was shown that the experimental mass losses were in agreement to the theoretical values.

3.4. Antiplasmodial Activity

Thiazolidine derivatives have been extensively studied for their antimicrobial activities against pathogenic bacteria, fungi, anti-HIV, and P. falciparum [41, 42]. In addition, the introduction of an amide bond with a heterocyclic ring system (4-thiazolidine) to the lateral side chain of 4-aminoquinoline (an antimalarial agent) has been shown to improve the antimalarial activity of this compound [43]. In the present study, five Ag complexes with thiazolidine ligand showed promising in vitro antiplasmodial activities against chloroquine-resistant P. falciparum of K1 strain. The EC50 values of the complexes fell within the acceptable cutoff values, which were more than 1–5 µM for further in vivo preclinical antimalarial studies [44]. The cytotoxic effects of each complex on Vero cells were assessed to determine the selectivity index or ratio, of cytotoxicity to biological activity (SI). The antiplasmodial activities of the complexes were considered to be specific and safe when the SI was more than 10 [44, 45]. Of all the synthesized Ag complexes, complex 2 exhibited highest SI followed by complex 5, as shown in Table 2.

Table 2: Antiplasmodial and cytotoxicity activities of silver(I) complexes.
3.5. Antiproliferative Activity

Breast and colon cancer are the most common cancer worldwide [46, 47]. According to the National Cancer Registry 2007 of Malaysia, breast and colorectal cancer also are the most common cancer in Malaysia [48]. One of the main treatments for cancer is chemotherapy [49, 50]; however, the development of drug resistance [51, 52] and drug toxicity [53] results in significant relapse as well as decreased overall survival rates in cancer patients [54]. Thus, searching for potential drug with high efficacy and low drug toxicity remains a huge challenge in the anticancer drug discovery research and development.

Clinical successes of cisplatin, carboplatin, and oxaliplatin have resulted in the usage of metal complexes in the treatment of malignant tumors [55]. The development of anticancer drugs from coinage metals such as Ag is currently a very active field [56]. Previous studies have suggested that Ag-mixed ligand complexes have antiproliferative activities [57]. Hence, the antiproliferative potential of our newly synthesized Ag complexes with thiazolidine and phosphine ligand was verified via an experiment on different human carcinomas.

The evaluation of new anticancer drug agents through preclinical testing using cell culture is important to eliminate unsuitable candidates before pursuing into clinical research. In the present study, sulforhodamine B (SRB) was used to evaluate the anticancer properties of our drug candidates. Although MTT has been the gold standard for cytotoxicity assays, it showed interactions with many compounds and thus may yield inaccurate results [58, 59]. On the contrary, SRB assay is highly reproducible, and this assay is dependent on the protein content, thus test compound interference can be avoided [60].

The antiproliferative activities were evaluated on three human cancer cell lines, that is, metastatic breast carcinoma (MDA-MB-231), breast adenocarcinoma (MCF-7), and colon carcinoma (HT-29). Dose-response curves were constructed to calculate the GI50 (µM) values, which corresponded to the concentrations required to inhibit the growth of 50% of the cells. Table 3 shows the GI50 values of the synthesized compounds against the tested human carcinomas.

Table 3: GI50 (µM) of different cancer cell lines after 48 h of exposure to compounds.

The selectivity of Ag complexes towards the tumor cells was ligand-dependent, which could probably be attributable to the stability and hydrophilicity-lipophilicity of the complexes formed by the type of the ligand [61]. Interestingly, compound 2 was selective to inhibit the 50% of MDA-MB-231 cell growth (GI50 = 1.9 ± 0.3 µM), while compound 5 acted more potent to inhibit breast carcinoma growth (GI50: MDA-MB-231 = 4.7 ± 1.1 µM; MCF-7 = 2.9 ± 0.9 µM) instead of colon carcinoma and HT-29 (GI50 = 15.1 ± 1.9 µM). Fichtner et al. 2012 reported that silver-carbene complexes were a potent cytotoxic and resistant-breaking anticancer agent, but unfortunately, their efficacy was at the expense of high toxic effect and low selectivity in in vivo setting [62]. However, the type of ligands that attached to the metal can contribute to its anticancer properties as they can be involved in target recognition and interfere in biochemical pathways [63]. The presence of phosphine ligands increases the lipophilicity and membrane permeability of metal-based complexes that make them active [64]. On the contrary, thiazolidine was known to exert anticancer activity mainly via PPARγ-independent mechanism of actions [65, 66]. Our synthesized Ag complexes with bioactive thiazolidine and phosphine ligands were able to halt the proliferation of breast and colon cancer cells, thus warranting further investigations for its mechanism of action in vivo.

4. Conclusions

In conclusion, a series of five silver(I) complexes with phosphines and 3-benzyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione have been successfully prepared and characterized by spectroscopic methods. The antimalarial activities of all the complexes have been investigated, whereby it was found that complex 2 had the highest SI value (more than 12.4) followed by complex 5 (6.6). The relatively high SI value makes complex 2 promising for further investigations towards its development as an antimalarial drug. The anticancer applications of all the synthesized compounds have also been explored and noted to concur with the results for antiplasmodial activity, whereby complex 2 was the most potent. Complex 2 was selective for MDA-MB-231 cells while complex 5 acted predominantly on breast carcinoma cells rather than those of colon carcinoma. Thus, with these findings, we have provided a preliminary insight into the potential agents that have the ability to act as dual purpose (anticancer and antimalarial) drugs, and in light of that, more in-depth studies on their molecular mechanisms of action are warranted.

Data Availability

The data used to support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon request.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


This work was supported by the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) (Grant no. FP047-2014A) and University of Malaya IPPP Grant (Grant no. PG001-2015A).

Supplementary Materials

Spectra data for all complexes such as FTIR (see Figures S1–S5), NMR (see Figures S6–S22), EDX (see Figures S23–S27), PXRD (see Figures S28–S30), and TGA (see Figures S31–S35) are available on the journal’s website. (Supplementary Materials)


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