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NiII, and ZnII Schiff Base Complexes: Telomeric G-quadruplex Stabilizers

  • Autori: Marrone, A.; Bonsignore, R.; Terenzi, A.; Spinello, A.; Gentile, C.; Martorana, A.; Almerico, A.; Lauria, A.; Barone, G.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2014
  • Tipologia: Proceedings (TIPOLOGIA NON ATTIVA)
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Recently, NiII and ZnII metal complexes of the ligand Salpyrim have been synthesized and characterized. Their affinity for wild-type h-Telo G-quadruplex DNA and for calf thymus DNA was investigated by UV absorption spectroscopy, circular dichroism and viscometry. The data collectively suggest that both complexes bind effectively to G-quadruplexes by direct end-stacking, stabilizing the oligonucleotide secondary structure. The two complexes are also typical B-DNA intercalators. Remarkably, their binding constants, Kb, with the G4s structures are about 10 fold higher than those with B-DNA, highlighting the selectivity. Experiments to evaluate the biological activity of the two complexes against MCF7 and HeLa cancer cell lines are currently ongoing.