The osmium(vi) nitrido complex [OsVI(N)(sap)(py)Cl] is a potential anti-cancer drug with promising in vitro antiproliferative activities toward a panel of cancer cell lines, including cisplatin-resistant cells (IC50 values of 2.8-13.8 μM). This drug targets DNA and changes its conformation via covalent binding and insertion. In vitro studies indicate that the drug induces HepG2 cells G2/M phase arrest, disrupts the mitochondrial membrane potential and causes caspase-mediated apoptosis. Further in vivo studies using HepG2-bearing nude mice reveal that this drug not only shows good antitumor efficacy of inhibiting tumor growth, but also does not show the side effect of weight loss.
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