OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences

CYTOTOXICITY AND MODE OF CELL DEATH INDUCED BY TRIPHENYLTIN (IV) COMPOUNDS IN VITRO

Normah Awang, Zalila Abdul Aziz, Nurul Farahana Kamaludin and Kok Meng Chan

DOI : 10.3844/ojbsci.2014.84.93

OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences

Volume 14, Issue 2

Pages 84-93

Abstract

A series of newly synthesized organotin (IV) with N-alkyl-N-phenyldithiocarbamate ligands namely triphenyltin (IV) ethylphenyldithiocarbamate (compound 1) and triphenyltin (IV) butylphenyldithiocarbamate (compound 2) were assessed for their cytotoxic effect against HT-29 human colon adenocarcinoma cells and human CCD-18Co normal colon cells. The cytotoxicity of these organotins in both cells was assessed using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazholium bromide (MTT) assay upon 24 h treatment. Both compounds demonstrated potent cytotoxicity towards HT-29 cells with the IC50 of 0.18 µM for compound 1 and 0.20 µM for compound 2. Interestingly, compound 1 exhibited lower cytotoxicity towards CCD-18Co with IC50 of 1.55 µM whereas no IC50 was detected for compound 2 up to 2 µM treatment. The mode of cell death was determined based on the externalization of phosphatidylserine using flow cytometry. Cells treated with compound 1 and compound 2 were mainly viable and the apoptotic cell death was around 10% which suggests that both compounds induced growth arrest. In conclusion, this study demonstrated that both compounds were selective towards human colorectal cells by giving a strong cytotoxicity to cancer cells and low toxicity towards normal cells. Both compounds were suggested to induce growth arrest in HT-29 cells.

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© 2014 Normah Awang, Zalila Abdul Aziz, Nurul Farahana Kamaludin and Kok Meng Chan. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.