Synthesis, Modification and Biological Activity of Hexacoordinate Silicon(IV) Complexes
The metalloid silicon is one of the most versatile elements of the world. Besides its widespread occurrence in the lithosphere, silicon containing compounds, for example the polymeric silicones, are used in numerous applications of the modern world. Moreover, the digital revolution and the progre...
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|Summary:||The metalloid silicon is one of the most versatile elements of the world. Besides its widespread
occurrence in the lithosphere, silicon containing compounds, for example the polymeric silicones,
are used in numerous applications of the modern world. Moreover, the digital revolution and
the progress in the photovoltaic industry is relying on silicon and its semiconductor properties.
In contrast to its lower homologue, the carbon, silicon is capable of expanding its coordination
geometry forming penta-, hexa- and even heptacoordinate complexes. Several of these structures have
been examined over the last decades. However, most of these higher coordinate silicon complexes
have been found to be hydrolytically unstable limiting their wider use, for instance in biological
applications. The present thesis is addressing these limitations by investigating hexacoordinate
The first part of the thesis deals with the synthesis and synthetic modification of higher coordinate
silicon(IV) complexes. A successful post-coordination functionalization of silicon(IV) complexes
is demonstrated. Besides halogenation, oxidation, and nitration reactions, a convenient nitrationreduction-
condensation strategy tolerating various functional groups is discussed. Moreover, a
synthetic approach to tris-heteroleptic complexes coordinating the DNA-intercalating ligand dppz is
shown. In a prove of principal study, the results of the binding affinity of some silicon(IV) complexes
to calf thymus DNA are presented.
In a second project, the syntheses and biological properties of dinuclear metal-silicon(IV) complexes
are studied. In order to constitute a small library of dinuclear complexes, different synthetic strategies
including the previously presented nitration-reduction-condensation strategy, are discussed. With the
library in hand, the biological activities of these complexes are investigated through binding studies
to calf thymus DNA and G-quadruplex DNA. Moreover, the outcome of a cytotoxicity study using
the MTT test for some dinuclear complexes is presented.
In a third project, a Bodipy fluorophor is attached to the silicon(IV) complexes using various synthetic
routes including the nitration-reduction-condensation strategy as well as a post-coordination clickchemistry
approach. The photochemical and biological properties, namely the binding to calf thymus
DNA and the light-switch behavior, of the obtained complexes are examined. Finally, the results of
in-vitro confocal laser scanning microscope tests studying the ability of the complexes to enter the cell
nucleus are shown.|
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