In the course of a research on metal-based compounds active on white blood cell cancers (leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma) nine aliphatic thiosemicarbazones and their nickel complexes have been synthesized with the aim to test their effect on histiocytic lymphoma U937 cell proliferation. All compounds were characterized by elemental, IR and NMR spectra analyses and for five of the complexes also by X-ray crystallography diffraction analysis. Heptanal thiosemicarbazone and the corresponding nickel complex were chosen after a solubility/stability test to carry out preliminary experiments in vitro on human leukemia cell line U937. The complex possesses a remarkable biological activity in inhibiting cell growth and in inducing apoptosis.
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