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Studies on DNA Cleavage and Antimicrobial screening of Transition Metal complexes of 4-aminoantipyrine Schiff base

Author Affiliations

  • 1PG and Research Department of Chemistry, Presidency College, Chennai–600 005, Tamil Nadu, INDIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 3, Issue (12), Pages 22-28, December,18 (2013)


The coordination compounds using Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II) ions with Schiff base ligand derived from furfurilydene-4-aminoantipyrine with o-anisidine in a 1:1 molar ratio have been synthesized and characterised by elemental analysis, IR, NMR and electronic spectral studies. On the basis of spectral studies, octahedral geometry is suggested for Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and tetrahedral geometry for Zn(II) complexes. The synthesized ligand and metal(II) complexes have been tested against bacterial speciesPseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and fungal species Aspergillus niger (A. niger), Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus) and Candida albicans (C. albicans)in order to assess their antimicrobial properties. The results show that the metal complexes were more active than the ligand. The DNA cleavage activity of the ligand and its complexes were assayed using PUCI8 DNA by gel electrophoresis. The result shows that complete cleavage of DNA was observed in Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes and partial cleavage of DNA was observed in Co(II) and Ni((II) complexes.


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