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Some new complexes of meclofenamic acid (N-(2,6-dichloro-m-tolyl)anthranilic acid), Hmeclo (1), with potentially interesting biological activities are described. Complexes [Mn(meclo)(2)] (2), [Cu(meclo)(2)(H(2)O)(2)] (3), [Zn(meclo)(2)(H(2)O)(2)] (4) and [Cd(meclo)(2)(H(2)O)(2)] (5) were prepared and structurally characterized by means of vibrational, electronic and (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopies. The crystal structure of complexes [Cu(4)(meclo)(6)(OH)(2)(DMSO)(2)]2DMSO (3a) and [Cd(meclo)(2)(DMSO)(3)] (5a) have been determined by X-ray crystallography. Complex (3a) is a centrosymmetric tetramer built up around the planar cyclic Cu(2)(OH)(2) unit. Complex 5a is mononuclear seven-coordinated complex with the meclofenamato ligand behaving as a bidentate deprotonated chelating ligand. Intra and intermolecular hydrogen bonds stabilize these two structures, while the crystal packing is determined by π-π and C-H--π interactions. Meclofenamic acid and its metal complexes have been evaluated for antiproliferative activity in vitro against the cells of three human cancer cell lines, MCF-7 (breast cancer cell line), T24 (bladder cancer cell line), and A-549 (non-small cell lung carcinoma), and a mouse fibroblast L-929 cell line. Complex 5 exhibits the highest selectivity against MCF-7 and 4 shows the highest selectivity against T-24. Complexes 2-5 were found to be more potent cytotoxic agents against T-24 and complex 5 against MCF-7 cancer cell lines than the prevalent benchmark metallodrug, cis-platin. The superoxide dismutase activity was measured by the Fridovich test which showed that complex [Cu(meclo)(2)(H(2)O)(2)] is a good superoxide scavenger. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Dimitra Kovala-Demertzi, Malgorzata Staninska, Isabel Garcia-Santos, Alfonso Castineiras, Mavroudis A Demertzis. Synthesis, crystal structures and spectroscopy of meclofenamic acid and its metal complexes with manganese(II), copper(II), zinc(II) and cadmium(II). Antiproliferative and superoxide dismutase activity. Journal of inorganic biochemistry. 2011 Sep;105(9):1187-95

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