Potential new antitumor agents from an innovative combination of camphorato, a ramification of traditional Chinese medicine, with a platinum moiety

Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2005 Jul 15;15(14):3417-22. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2005.05.025.


Eight new camphorato platinum complexes have been synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro cytotoxicity against HL-60 human leukemia, 3AO human ovarian carcinoma, BEL-7402 human hepatocarcinoma, and A549 human lung carcinoma cell lines. Most complexes showed good cytotoxic activity against the above-selected cell lines. Among the complexes, two compounds were assayed for their in vivo antitumor activity against LS-174T human colon carcinoma cells implanted in mice. One complex exhibited not only higher in vivo antitumor activity, but also less toxicity than oxaliplatin when it was administered intravenously at a dose of 6 mg/kg three times.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / chemical synthesis
  • Antineoplastic Agents / chemistry*
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Camphor / analogs & derivatives
  • Camphor / chemistry*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Proliferation / drug effects
  • Drug Design
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • Molecular Structure
  • Organometallic Compounds / chemical synthesis
  • Organometallic Compounds / chemistry*
  • Organometallic Compounds / pharmacology*
  • Platinum / chemistry*
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Xenograft Model Antitumor Assays


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Organometallic Compounds
  • Platinum
  • Camphor