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Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 1 (1994), Issue 2-3, Pages 241-246

Multinuclear Metal Nucleobase Complexes

Fachbereich Chemie, Universität Dortmund, Dortmund D -44221, Germany

Received 29 September 1993

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Of all properties of metal nucleobase complexes, formation of multinuclear species appears to be an outstanding feature. After a brief introduction into well known polymeric metal nucleobase complexes, three aspects recently Studied in our laboratory will be dealt with in more detail: (i) Heteronuclear complexes derived from trans-[(amine)2Pt(1-MeC)2]2+ (1-MeC=1-methylcytosine). They form, e. g. with Pd(II) or Hg(II), upon single deprotonation of the exocyclic amino group of each 1-MeC ligand, compounds of type trans-[(amine)2Pt(1-MeC-)2MY]n+, displaying Pt-M bond formation. (ii) Cyclic nucleobase complexes derived from cis-a2Pt(II). A cyclic compound of composition {[(en)Pt(UH-N1,N3)]4}4+ (UH=monoanion of unsubstituted uracil) is presented and the analogy with organic calix-[4]-arenes is pointed out. (iii) Cyclic nucleobase complexes from trans-a2Pt(II). Possible ways for the preparation of macrocyclic nucleobase complexes containing trans-a2Pt(II) linkages are outlined and precursors and intermediates are presented.