Structural characterization of a rigidified threading bisintercalator

Yongjun Chu, Steven Sorey, David W. Hoffman, Brent L. Iverson

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NMR spectroscopy was used to explore the sequence-specific interaction of DNA with a new threading bisintercalator (C1) consisting of two intercalating 1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxylic diimide (NDI) units connected by a rigid, tricyclic spiro linker. A structural model of C1 complexed to d(CGGTACCG) 2 was calculated using distance constraints obtained from solution NMR data. The model was also supported by the results from residual dipolar coupling (RDC) measurements obtained using Pf1-phage as a cosolvent. According to the model, the central cyclohexane ring of the linker connecting the two NDI units lies flat in the minor groove of DNA. Linker length, hydrogen bonding, steric, and hydrophobic factors all appear to contribute to the observed sequence specificity of binding. These results serve to illustrate the versatility of threading polyintercalation given that, in a previous study, a ligand consisiting of two NDI units joined by a flexible peptide linker was shown to bind sequence specifically within the major groove of this same sequence of DNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1304-1311
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 7 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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