Organometallic nucleoside analogues with ferrocenyl linker groups: synthesis and cancer cell line studies

J Med Chem. 2014 Jul 10;57(13):5817-22. doi: 10.1021/jm500246h. Epub 2014 Jun 20.


Examples of organometallic compounds as nucleoside analogues are rare within the field of medicinal bioorganometallic chemistry. We report on the synthesis and properties of two chiral ferrocene derivatives containing a nucleobase and a hydroxyalkyl group. These so-called ferronucleosides show promising anticancer activity, with cytostatic studies on five different cancer cell lines indicating that both functional groups are required for optimal activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / chemistry
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Ferrous Compounds / chemistry*
  • Ferrous Compounds / pharmacokinetics
  • Humans
  • Leukemia L1210 / drug therapy
  • Metallocenes
  • Nucleosides / chemical synthesis*
  • Nucleosides / pharmacology
  • Organometallic Compounds / chemical synthesis*
  • Organometallic Compounds / chemistry


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Ferrous Compounds
  • Metallocenes
  • Nucleosides
  • Organometallic Compounds
  • ferrocene