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Open Access Ruthenium Polyaminocarboxylate Complexes

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Ruthenium (Ru) complexes containing polyaminocarboxylate (pac) ligands (Ru-pac) have features which indicate they may be suitable for biological applications. For instance, Ru-pac complexes can bind to biomolecules through a rapid and facile aquo-substitution reaction, and Ru-pac has a range of accessible oxidation states. Ru-pac also has some notable catalytic properties that mimic enzymatic hydrocarbon oxidation by cytochrome P-450 in homogeneous conditions. This is of immense significance towards developing Ru-pac based agents for oxidative cleavage of DNA and artificial nuclease in DNA foot-printing experiments. This review aims to highlight the scope of Ru-pac complexes as metallopharmaceuticals, and outlines their potential for certain biological applications.

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Publication date: January 1, 2006

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