M. Coluccia, A. Boccarelli, C. Cermelli, M. Portolani, and G. Natile
Metal-Based DrugsVolume 2 (1995), Issue 5, Pages 249-256doi:10.1155/MBD.1995.249

Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Oncologia Umana, Piazza G. Cesare11, Bari 1-70124, Italy2Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche, Università di Modena, Modena, Italy3Dipartimento Farmaco-Chimico, Università di Bari, Bari, Italy
Received 29 June 1995; Accepted 27 July 1997
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A platinum(II) complex with the antiviral drug acyclovir was synthesized and its antiviral and anticancer properties were investigated in comparison to those of acyclovir and cisplatin. The platinum-acyclovir complex maintained the antiviral activity of the parent drug acyclovir, though showing a minor efficacy on a molar basis (ID50 = 7.85 and 1.02 μΜ for platinum-acyclovir and cisplatin, respectively). As anticancer agent, the platinum-acyclovir complex was markedly less potent than cisplatin on a mole-equivalent basis, but it was as effective as cisplatin when equitoxic dosages were administered in vivo to P388 leukaemia-bearing mice (%T/C = 209 and 211 for platinum-acyclovir and cisplatin, respectively). The platinum-acyclovir complex was also active against a cisplatin-resistant subline of the P388 leukaemia (%T/C = 140), thus suggesting a different mechanism of action. The DNA interaction properties (sequence specificity and interstrand cross-linking ability) of platinum-acyclovir were also investigated in comparison to those of cisplatin and [Pt(dien)Cl]+, an antitumour-inactive platinum-triamine compound. The results of this study point to a potential new drug endowed, at the same time, with antiviral and anticancer activity and characterized by DNA interaction properties different from those of cisplatin.