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Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 6 (1999), Issue 4-5, Pages 271-276

Biologically-Active Gold(III) Complexes

Department of Chemistry, UMIST, Manchester M60 1QD, UK

Received 8 September 1998; Accepted 30 September 1998

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A review is given of the background to and results of the succesful pharmacological testing of [AuX2(damp)] (X = Cl, OAc; damp = 2Me2NCH2C6H4) against a range of microbes, fungi and tumouts, culminating in in vivo xenografts of ZR-1-75. These are the first fully evaluated gold(III) complexes. The activity and reactions of the diacetato-complex bear a resemblance to cisplatin, and some of the relevant chemistry is discussed. Preliminary screening data for C,P-chelated tertiary phosphine derivatives of gold(III) are presented.