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J Org Chem. 2005 Sep 16;70(19):7468-72.

Four-way-branched DNA-porphyrin conjugates for construction of four double-helix-DNA assembled structures.

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  • 1Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047, Japan.


[reaction: see text] DNA-porphyrin conjugates having four DNA strands were designed and synthesized. Four double helices were assembled using two DNA-porphyrin conjugates and their complementary strands, and the formation of the four double-helix assembled structures with the two DNA-porphyrin units was examined by gel electrophoresis and spectroscopic analysis. The interaction between two porphyrin chromophores in the complex was investigated by measurement of fluorescence lifetimes, and the singlet energy transfer between the two different phorphyrin units (Zn-porphyrin and H2-porphyrin) was observed. These results indicate that multiple and different porphyrin chromophores can be integrated into the DNA structures by programming the sequences of the DNA strands.

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