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Theses, Ph.D


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1.6 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, Microbiology, Virology, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Biochemical research methods

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Thesis successfully submitted to the Technological University Dublin in fulfilment of the requirements for PhD examination.


Metal-basedcompounds have been utilised as chemotherapeutic agents for the last four decades due to their well-documented and clinically relevant anti-tumour properties.Acquired resistance is a challenge for the clinical use of these compounds and there is a continuing need to search for potential new therapeutic agents. Herein, the potential of two metal-basedcompounds containing chelated1,10-phenanthroline (1,10-Phen), one manganese-based (CMPD 73)andonecopper-based (CMPD 74), to act as novel therapeutic agents is explored.CMPD 73 displayed high micromolar (IC50>100μM) cytotoxic properties againstvarious cell systems but interestingly displayed increased cytotoxicity against ovarian (A2780), lung (A549) and cisplatin resistant mesothelioma cells(IC5040-50μM). CMPD 74 was equally cytotoxic against all cell lines tested(IC50