Organometallic compounds which contain metals, such as ruthenium or gold, have been investigated as a replacement for platinum-derived anticancer drugs. They often show good antitumor effects, but the identification of their precise mode of action or their pharmacological optimization is still challenging. We have previously described a class of ruthenium(II) compounds with interesting anticancer properties. In comparison to cisplatin, these molecules have lower side effects, a reduced ability to interact with DNA, and they induce cell death in absence of p53 through CHOP/DDIT3. We have now optimized these molecules by improving their cytotoxicity and their water solubility. In this article, we demonstrate that by changing the ligands around the ruthenium we modify the ability of the compounds to interact with DNA. We show that these optimized molecules reduce tumor growth in different mouse models and retain their ability to induce CHOP/DDIT3. However, they are more potent inducers of cancer cell death and trigger the production of reactive oxygen species and the activation of caspase 8. More importantly, we show that blocking reactive oxygen species production or caspase 8 activity reduces significantly the activity of the compounds. Altogether our data suggest that water-soluble ruthenium(II)-derived compounds represent an interesting class of molecules that, depending on their structures, can target several pro-apoptotic signaling pathways leading to reactive oxygen species production and caspase 8 activation.

Induction of caspase 8 and reactive oxygen species by ruthenium-derived anticancer compounds with improved water solubility and cytotoxicity

SAVA, GIANNI;
2012

Abstract

Organometallic compounds which contain metals, such as ruthenium or gold, have been investigated as a replacement for platinum-derived anticancer drugs. They often show good antitumor effects, but the identification of their precise mode of action or their pharmacological optimization is still challenging. We have previously described a class of ruthenium(II) compounds with interesting anticancer properties. In comparison to cisplatin, these molecules have lower side effects, a reduced ability to interact with DNA, and they induce cell death in absence of p53 through CHOP/DDIT3. We have now optimized these molecules by improving their cytotoxicity and their water solubility. In this article, we demonstrate that by changing the ligands around the ruthenium we modify the ability of the compounds to interact with DNA. We show that these optimized molecules reduce tumor growth in different mouse models and retain their ability to induce CHOP/DDIT3. However, they are more potent inducers of cancer cell death and trigger the production of reactive oxygen species and the activation of caspase 8. More importantly, we show that blocking reactive oxygen species production or caspase 8 activity reduces significantly the activity of the compounds. Altogether our data suggest that water-soluble ruthenium(II)-derived compounds represent an interesting class of molecules that, depending on their structures, can target several pro-apoptotic signaling pathways leading to reactive oxygen species production and caspase 8 activation.
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