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Toxicogenetics evaluation and study of antiproliferative response mechanisms of ruthenium-based metallodrugs containing naphthoquinones ligands in tumor cells growing in conventional and 3D systems

Grant number: 16/22429-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2018
Effective date (End): December 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Pharmacy - Toxicological Analysis
Principal Investigator:Fernando Rogério Pavan
Grantee:Rone Aparecido de Grandis
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas (FCFAR). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil


Recently, ruthenium complexes have occupied a prominent position in the search for new anti-cancer therapies due their potential of action, selectivity in tumor tissues and less toxicity compared to current platinum complexes in clinical use. The diversity of ligands has been shown to be crucial for these complexes reach multiple biological targets and thus overcome the limitation of current therapies. One approach for multi-target molecules is the combination of bioactive ligands with recognized antitumor properties, such as naphthoquinone derivatives. Thus, the aims of this study are based on the evaluation and characterization of toxicogenetics and antitumor properties of eight new ruthenium complexes containing the bioligands lapachol and lawsone. An initial screening will be performed by cell viability in prostate, lung, breast, colon and liver cancer. The complexes which show promising activity will be evaluated for their ability to interact to DNA by physico-chemical tests and the evaluation of genotoxicity in conventional and three-dimensional cell culture systems (3D). The possible mechanisms by which these complexes induce cell death will be evaluated on apoptosis and necrosis, generation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) and expression of genes involved in key cellular growth pathways, epigenetics and drug metabolism. Finally, it is expected that the data achieved, allow to report any correlation between the structure and activity, in order to elucidate the possible mechanisms of action of these complexes. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DE SOUZA, P. C.; FERNANDES, G. F. S.; MARINO, L. B.; RIBEIRO, C. M.; DA SILVA, P. B.; CHORILLI, M.; SILVA, C. S. P.; RESENDE, F. A.; SOLCIA, M. C.; DE GRANDIS, R. A.; COSTA, C. A. S.; CHO, S. H.; WANG, Y.; FRANZBLAU, S. G.; DOS SANTOS, J. L.; PAVAN, F. R. Furoxan derivatives demonstrated in vivo efficacy by reducing Mycobacterium tuberculosis to undetectable levels in a mouse model of infection. BIOMEDICINE & PHARMACOTHERAPY, v. 130, OCT 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DE GRANDIS, RONE APARECIDO; DA SILVA DOS SANTOS, PATRICK WELLINGTON; DE OLIVEIRA, KATIA MARA; TOMAZELA MACHADO, ANA RITA; AISSA, ALEXANDRE FERRO; BATISTA, ALZIR AZEVEDO; GREGGI ANTUNES, LUSANIA MARIA; PAVAN, FERNANDO ROGERIO. Novel lawsone-containing ruthenium(II) complexes: Synthesis, characterization and anticancer activity on 2D and 3D spheroid models of prostate cancer cells. BIOORGANIC CHEMISTRY, v. 85, p. 455-468, APR 2019. Web of Science Citations: 3.
DE CAMARGO, MARIANA S.; DE GRANDIS, RONE A.; DA SILVA, MONIZE M.; DA SILVA, PATRICIA B.; SANTONI, MARIANA M.; EISMANN, CARLOS E.; MENEGARIO, AMAURI A.; COMINETTI, MARCIA R.; ZANELLI, CLESLEI F.; PAVAN, FERNANDO R.; BATISTA, ALZIR A. Determination of in vitro absorption in Caco-2 monolayers of anticancer Ru(II)-based complexes acting as dual human topoisomerase and PARP inhibitors. BIOMETALS, v. 32, n. 1, p. 89-100, FEB 2019. Web of Science Citations: 3.
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
GRANDIS, Rone Aparecido de. Avaliação toxicogenética e estudo dos mecanismos de resposta antiproliferativa de metalofármacos de rutênio contendo bioligantes naftoquinônicos em modelos celulares tumorais convencionais e em 3D. 2020. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas..

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