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DNA-Binding Characteristics of a Synthetic Analog of Distamycin

Dasgupta, Dipak and Rajagopalan, Malini and Sasisekharan, V (1986) DNA-Binding Characteristics of a Synthetic Analog of Distamycin. In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 140 (2). pp. 626-631.

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Abstract

The interaction between a synthetic analogue of distamycin, and DNA has been studied with a view to understanding the conformational and chemical basis of the sequence specific binding of distamycin with DNA. The complex formation between the trimer and DNA is apparent from the red shift in the UV spectrum and appearance of the induced CD band in 300nm–350nm region. The relevant data suggest: (i) the binding is A-T base specific though the specificity is not as pronounced as in distamycin (1,2) and (ii) it occurs via the minor groove of DNA. The partial loss in A-T base specificity may be due to the replacement of N-methyl pyrrole by benzene or the increase in curvature of the backbone of the ligand as a result of this replacement.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:46
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/14739

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