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Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 7 (2000), Issue 4, Pages 219-224

Isolation, Characterization and Antitumour Propirties of the 1,2-Popylenediaminetetraacetate trans-Diaqua-Copper (II)

1Dpto. de Química Inorgánica, F. de Química, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevitla 41012, Spain
2Dpto. de Biología Celular, F. de Biología, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevitla 41012, Spain

Revised 6 July 2000; Accepted 14 August 2000

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A trans-diaquacomplex formed by copper(II) sulphate and the sequestering polyamminopolycarboxylic ligand 1,2-propylenediaminetetraacetic acid (PDTA) has been isolated and characterized by chemical analysis, titrimetry, FT-IR and electronic spectroscopy, Potentiometric and electronic measurements identified the ligand as tetradentate, two nitrogen and two oxygen atoms being bonded to the Cu(II) in planar positions. This octahedral monomeric soluble compound, is an unusual example of a copper (II) substance showing significant in vitro antitumour activity against the human ovarian tumour cells TG (ID50 = 2.29 μM at 48 h) and important in vivo antitumour activity against solid Sarcoma 180 with complete regression of the tumour at a dose of 12.5 mg/Kg body weight.