[Cu(tp)(dmpd)2] (1), [Cu(tp)(pen)(2)] (2), [Cu(tp)(dmen)(2)] (3), [Cu(tp)(deen)(2)]center dot 4H(2)O (4), [Cu(tp)(mpen)(2)]center dot 2H(2)O (5) and [Cu(tp)(amp)(2)]center dot 3H(2)O (6) (H(2)tp = Benzene-1,4-dicarboxylic acid or terephthalic acid, dmpd = 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediamine, pen = 1,3-propanediamine, dmen = N,N-dimethylethylenediamine, deen = N,N-diethylethylenediamine, mpen = N-methyl-1,3-propanediamine and amp = 2-aminomethylpyridine) were synthesised and characterised by elemental analysis, spectroscopic measurements (UV vis. and FT-IR spectra) and thermal analysis technique. These complexes have been screened for antimicrobial activities and DNA cleavage. Antimicrobial activity of compounds 1-6 were evaluated by the agar diffusion method. The DNA cleavage activities of the complexes were evaluated by agarose gel electrophoresis. In addition, cytotoxic activities of all complexes were performed prostate carcinoma cells LNCaP and DU145 by MIT assay for 24 and 48 h. Especially after 24 h treatment, 6 complex increased the apoptotic and necrotic cell death in both cell lines in a concentration dependent manner. Particularly, 6 complex good show antimicrobial, nuclease and cytotoxic activity. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.