Copper Pyrithione, [Cu(PyS)2] has shown excellent biological activity against cancer cells and bacterial cells, however, it has extremely low aqueous solubility, limiting its applicability. Herein, we report a series of PEG-substituted pyrithione copper(II) complexes with significantly increased aqueous solubility. While long PEG chains lead to a decrease in bioactivity, the addition of short PEG chains leads to improved aqueous solubility with retention of activity. One novel complex, [Cu(PyS1)2], has particularly impressive anticancer activity, surpassing that of the parent complex.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry|
|Early online date||1 Mar 2023|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Mar 2023|