A meso-p-nitroaniline-calixpyrrole derivative trans-coordinated to a Pt(II) center was synthesized and its structure solved by X-ray analysis. Adenosine monophosphate (AMP) was used as a model compound to evaluate the potential for the assisted delivery of the metal to the DNA nucleobases via the phosphate anion-binding properties of the calixpyrrole unit. An NMR investigation of the kinetics of AMP complexation in the absence of an H-bonding competing solvent (dry CD3CN) was consistent with this hypothesis, but we could not detect the interaction of the calixpyrrole with phosphate in the presence of water. However, in vitro tests of the new trans-calixpyrrole- Pt(II) complex on different cancer cell lines indicate a cytotoxic activity that is unquestionably derived from the coexistence of both the trans-Pt(II) fragment and the calixpyrrole unit.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry