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J Photochem Photobiol B. 2011 Dec 2;105(3):190-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2011.09.001. Epub 2011 Sep 22.

A V-shaped ligand 1,3-bis(1-methylbenzimidazol-2-yl)-2-oxapropane and its Cu(II) complex: synthesis, crystal structure, antioxidation and DNA-binding properties.

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School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070, PR China.


A six-coordinate copper(II) complex with the ligand 1,3-bis(1-methylbenzimidazol-2-yl)-2-oxopropane (Meobb), with composition [Cu(Meobb)(2)](NO(3))(2)ยท2CH(3)OH, has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, electrical conductivities, IR, UV-Vis spectral measurements. A study of the electro-chemistry of the copper(II) complex was carried out by using cyclic voltammetry. The molecular structures of the ligand Meobb and the Cu(II) complex were determined by X-ray crystal diffraction. The DNA-binding modes of the ligand and the complex were investigated by electronic absorption titration, ethidium bromide-DNA displacement experiments and viscosity measurements. The experimental evidence indicated the compounds interact with calf thymus DNA through intercalation. Additionally, the Cu(II) complex exhibited potential antioxidant properties in in vitro studies.

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