Table of Contents
Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 5, Issue 4, Pages 245-249

Anti-Arthritic Activity in Rats of Some Phosphinegold(I) Thionucleobases and Related Thiolates

1Department of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Queensland, Australia
2Department of Pathology, The University of Adelaide, 5005, Australia
3Department of Chemistry, The University of Adelaide, 5005, Australia

Received 8 July 1998; Accepted 14 July 1998

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A number of phosphinegold(I) thiolates where, generally, the thiolate is derived from a thionucleobase, have been screened for anti-arthritic activity in Dark Agouti rats, a gold sensitive model for arthritis. Potency and toxicity data showed that, generally, the Ph3P derivatives and species based on thiopurines were the most effective and that with other complexes enhanced activity was accompanied by greater toxicity.