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J Inorg Biochem. 2012 Feb;107(1):104-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2011.10.007. Epub 2011 Oct 25.

DNA- and RNA-binding and enhanced DNA-photocleavage properties of a ferrocenyl-containing ruthenium(II) complex.

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  • 1College of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, PR China.


The interaction of [Ru(bpy)(2)(fip)](PF(6))(2) {bpy=2,2'-bipyridine, fip=2-ferrocenyl-1H-imidazo[4,5-f][1,10]-phenanthroline} with calf thymus DNA and yeast tRNA was investigated comparatively by UV-visible absorption and luminescence spectrophotometric titrations, steady-state emission quenching by [Fe(CN)(6)](4-), ethidium bromide competition experiment, DNA thermal denaturation, viscosity measurements and salt effect studies. The results suggest that the complex binds to the DNA more strongly than to the RNA. The density functional theory calculations were also carried out in order to better understand the nucleic acid binding properties. Agarose gel electrophoresis showed that the complex exhibited enhanced DNA-photocleavage capacity on pUC 18 plasmid DNA under irradiation at 360 nm as compared with a ferrocenyl-free analogous complex.

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