Structure⁻Activity Relationship Study of Newly Synthesized Iridium-III Complexes as Potential Series for Treating Thrombotic Diseases

Chih Hao Yang, Chih Wei Hsia, Thanasekaran Jayakumar, Joen Rong Sheu, Chih Hsuan Hsia, Themmila Khamrang, Yen Jen Chen, Manjunath Manubolu, Yi Chang

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Platelets play a major role in hemostatic events and are associated with various pathological events, such as arterial thrombosis and atherosclerosis. Iridium (Ir) compounds are potential alternatives to platinum compounds, since they exert promising anticancer effects without cellular toxicity. Our recent studies found that Ir compounds show potent antiplatelet properties. In this study, we evaluated the in vitro antiplatelet, in vivo antithrombotic and structure⁻activity relationship (SAR) of newly synthesized Ir complexes, Ir-1, Ir-2 and Ir-4, in agonists-induced human platelets. Among the tested compounds, Ir-1 was active in inhibiting platelet aggregation induced by collagen; however, Ir-2 and Ir-4 had no effects even at their maximum concentrations of 50 μM against collagen and 500 μM against U46619-induced aggregation. Similarly, Ir-1 was potently inhibiting of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) release, calcium mobilization ([Ca2+]i) and P-selectin expression induced by collagen-induced without cytotoxicity. Likewise, Ir-1 expressively suppressed collagen-induced Akt, PKC, p38MAPKs and JNK phosphorylation. Interestingly, Ir-2 and Ir-4 had no effect on platelet function analyzer (PFA-100) collagen-adenosine diphosphate (C-ADP) and collagen-epinephrine (C-EPI) induced closure times in mice, but Ir-1 caused a significant increase when using C-ADP stimulation. Other in vivo studies revealed that Ir-1 significantly prolonged the platelet plug formation, increased tail bleeding times and reduced the mortality of adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-induced acute pulmonary thromboembolism in mice. Ir-1 has no substitution on its phenyl group, a water molecule (like cisplatin) can replace its chloride ion and, hence, the rate of hydrolysis might be tuned by the substituent on the ligand system. These features might have played a role for the observed effects of Ir-1. These results indicate that Ir-1 may be a lead compound to design new antiplatelet drugs for the treatment of thromboembolic diseases.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 19 2018


  • ATP
  • iridium complexes
  • platelets
  • SAR
  • signaling cascades
  • [Ca2+]i

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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