A drug of such damned nature . Challenges and opportunities in translational platinum drug research.

Paradigms and Technologies
Therapeutic Approaches


The platinum-based anti-cancer agents cisplatin, carboplatin and oxaliplatin, represent a spectacular translational science achievement. The basic research observations that led to the discovery of Pt complexes as DNA-binding agents that elicit cell arrest, the pre-clinical tumor regression studies, and the inorganic medicinal chemistry that led to clinical implementation of effective platinum complexes in the clinic, have fueled multi-disciplinary research into platinum-based drugs. While the successes are clear and the research activity continues, a significant window of time has passed since a new Pt drug has been approved for clinical use. Here we assess the current Pt drug landscape, challenges for future Pt development, and discuss opportunities for improving our understanding of Pt drugs that utilize contemporary translational science tools such as chemical biology and real-time imaging. The underexplored spaces may reveal new opportunities for Pt drug development.


Cheff, Dorian; Hall, Matthew;

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