Encyclopedia of Cancer

Living Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Platinum Complexes

  • Irina Bosman
  • Ganna V. Kalayda
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_4616-2



In 1844, Michele Peyrone synthesized cisplatin (cis-platinum(II)-diammine-dichloride, CDDP) without being aware of its tumor-inhibiting effect. Not until the mid-1960s, Barnett Rosenberg discovered the inhibition of cell division in the presence of cisplatin. Due to its outstanding effectiveness in treating numerous tumors, cisplatin became the prototype for a new class of antineoplastic substances. Meanwhile, it has become one of the most frequently used cytotoxic drugs in tumor therapy. However, its use is limited due to its side effects and the development of resistance which has led to the search for new platinum complexes.

Most of the platinum complexes are uncharged cis configurated square-planar platinum(II) complexes that can be described by the general formula cis-[PtA2 X2], with A2 as either two monodentate or one bidentate stable amine ligand(s) and X2as two...


Nucleotide Excision Repair Platinum Complex Post Replicative Repair Nucleotide Excision Repair System Metastatic Ovarian Tumor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PharmacyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany