The synthesis, physical properties, antitumor activity, structure-activity relationships, and nephrotoxicity of a series of [2-substituted-4,5-bis(aminomethyl)-1,3-dioxolane]platinum(II) complexes are described. The 42 platinum(II) complexes having a seven-membered ring structure in this series have been prepared and characterized by 1H NMR, 13C NMR, IR, FAB-MS, and elemental analysis. All members of the series were designed to have a 1,3-dioxolane ring moiety in their carrier ligands to increase water solubility. The solubility of platinum complexes was related to the nature of leaving ligands and 2-substituents in the 4,5-bis(aminomethyl)-1,3-dioxolane carrier ligands. In general, compounds having two different R1 and R2 substituents in the 4,5-bis(aminomethyl)-1,3-dioxolane moiety were more water-soluble than those having the same substituents. Most members of this series showed the excellent antitumor activity against murine L1210 leukemia cells transplanted in mice and were superior to cisplatin and carboplatin. The (4R,5R)-stereoisomer 1a-h exhibited the higher antitumor activity than the corresponding (4S,5S)-stereoisomer 2a-h in the (1,1-cyclobutanedicarboxylato)platinum(II) complexes. The (glycolato)platinum(II) complexes were highly cytotoxic toward four human stomach cancer cell lines, SNU-1, SNU-5, SNU-16, and NCI-N87, and among them, complexes 3d-g were even more cytotoxic than cisplatin. The (malonato)platinum(II) complex 1m and the (glycolato)platinum(II) complexes 3d-g were selected for further studies based on the greater in vivo and in vitro antitumor activity and desirable physical properties. The complexes 3e-g were almost equally cytotoxic to cisplatin toward human stomach cancer cell lines, KATO-III and MKN-45, and a human non-small cell lung cancer cell line, PC14. In contrast with cisplatin and carboplatin, five complexes selected significantly increased in life span in mice transplanted with cisplatin-resistant L1210 cells. Nephrotoxicity studies in ICR mice indicated that serum BUN and creatinine levels were not elevated when five complexes were given at a dose equal to 1.5 times the optimal dose determined in the in vivo L1210 screening system.