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The Platinum—Pyrimidine Blues

Nicholas Farrell
Published 1989 · Chemistry

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The platinum—pyrimidine blues, derived from cisplatin, are an interesting class of complexes with antitumour activity. They were first discovered as a result of studies on the interaction of cis-[PtCl2(NH3)2] and its aquated products with pyrimidines. The identification of DNA as the target for platinum attack naturally led to a systematic study of the reactions of the complex with nucleic acid constituents. The observation that with polyuridine no immediate reaction took place but that a blue color slowly developed in solution, from which a blue solid could be isolated, led to the preparation of a series of complexes containing substituted uracils and thymines.

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