Journal of biological inorganic chemistry : JBIC : a publication of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry

Synthesis, Ti(IV) intake by apotransferrin and cytotoxic properties of functionalized titanocene dichlorides.

PMID 17566797


Functionalization of cyclopentadienyl (Cp) ligands and incorporation of these into a Ti(IV) center require careful design and selection of the appropriate synthetic routes to obtain the desired product in reasonably good yields. As part of our research efforts in the area of titanocene antitumor agents, we have revisited the synthesis of Cp rings with electron-withdrawing groups and their corresponding titanocene dichlorides, (Cp-R)(2)TiCl(2) and (Cp-R)CpTiCl(2), where R is CO(2)CH(3) and CO(2)CH(2)CH(3). These complexes were characterized by elemental analysis and (1)H and (13)C NMR and IR spectroscopies. This report presents the first detailed synthetic route for (Cp-CO(2)CH(2)CH(3))CpTiCl(2) and provides an alternate route for synthesis of (Cp-R)(2)TiCl(2) complexes. The ability of these complexes to deliver Ti(IV) to apotransferrin was investigated to elucidate how the functionalized Cp ligands affect the titanium intake by apotransferrin. The subject complexes transfer Ti(IV) to human apotransferrin, loading both N- and C-lobes. The antitumor activity of these complexes against HT-29 cancer colon cells was determined using a 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay. Carboethoxy Cp functionalization results in complexes with a toxicity comparable to that of titanocene dichloride. The carbomethoxy-functionalized complexes proved to be nonactive at the time intervals studied here, regardless of their ability to donate the titanium atom to human apotransferrin.

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Bis(cyclopentadienyl)titanium(IV) dichloride, 97%