Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)

Mononuclear Polypyridylruthenium(II) Complexes with High Membrane Permeability in Gram-Negative Bacteria-in particular Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

PMID 26042390


Ruthenium(II) complexes containing the tetradentate ligand bis[4(4'-methyl-2,2'-bipyridyl)]-1,n-alkane ("bbn "; n=10 and 12) have been synthesised and their geometric isomers separated. All [Ru(phen)(bbn )](2+) (phen=1,10-phenanthroline) complexes exhibited excellent activity against Gram-positive bacteria, but only the cis-α-[Ru(phen)(bb12 )](2+) species showed good activity against Gram-negative species. In particular, the cis-α-[Ru(phen)(bb12 )](2+) complex was two to four times more active than the cis-β-[Ru(phen)(bb12 )](2+) complex against the Gram-negative strains. The cis-α- and cis-β-[Ru(phen)(bb12 )](2+) complexes readily accumulated in the bacteria but, significantly, showed the highest level of uptake in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Furthermore, the accumulation of the cis-α- and cis-β-[Ru(phen)(bb12 )](2+) complexes in P. aeruginosa was considerably greater than in Escherichia coli. The uptake of the cis-α-[Ru(phen)(bb12 )](2+) complex into live P. aeruginosa was confirmed by using fluorescence microscopy. The water/octanol partition coefficients (log P) were determined to gain understanding of the relative cellular uptake. The cis-α- and cis-β-[Ru(phen)(bbn )](2+) complexes exhibited relatively strong binding to DNA (Kb ≈10(6)  M(-1) ), but no significant difference between the geometric isomers was observed.