Correlation Engine 2.0
Clear Search sequence regions

The formation of triple-helical structures of DNA is based on sequence-specific recognition of oligopyrimidine.oligopurine stretches of double-helical DNA. Triple-helical structures can be stabilized by DNA-binding ligands. Benzoquinoquinoxaline (BQQ) derivatives are among the most potent intercalating-type agents known to stabilize DNA triple-helical structures. We previously reported the conversion of BQQ into a triplex-directed DNA cleaving agent, namely BQQ-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), by coupling of 6-(3-aminopropylamino)BQQ to a suitable ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid derivative, and we demonstrated the ability of this conjugate to cause double-stranded cleavage of DNA at the triplex site. However, this prototype derivative BQQ-EDTA conjugate showed lower affinity towards triplex DNA than BQQ itself. In the light of this observation, and guided by molecular modeling studies, we synthesized a second generation of BQQ-EDTA conjugates based on 6-[bis(2-aminoethyl)amino]- and 6-(3,3'-diamino-N-methyldipropylamino)-BQQ derivatives. We confirmed by DNA melting experiments that the new conjugates displayed an increased specific affinity towards triple helices when compared to the previously synthesized BQQ-EDTA. In addition, the efficiency of these new agents in triplex-specific binding and cleavage was demonstrated by triplex-directed double-stranded cleavage of plasmid DNA</a>.


Rula Zain, David Polverari, Chi-Hung Nguyen, Yves Blouquit, Emile Bisagni, Thérèse Garestier, David S Grierson, Jian-Sheng Sun. Optimization of triple-helix-directed DNA cleavage by benzoquinoquinoxaline-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid conjugates. Chembiochem : a European journal of chemical biology. 2003 Sep 5;4(9):856-62

Expand section icon Mesh Tags

Expand section icon Substances

PMID: 12964160

View Full Text