Eight new nitridoosmium(vi) complexes with the general formula [Os VI(N)Cl 3(Hazole) 2] have been synthesized and characterized. The cellular uptake and the antiproliferative activities of these compounds against a panel of human cancer cell lines have been investigated. Complexes with pyrazole derivatives (1, 2, 3 and 4) are found to possess significant in vitro cytotoxicity. Further studies of compounds 1 and 3 indicate that they induce S phase arrest in HeLa cells followed by apoptosis, possibly as a result of binding with DNA.
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