Total enantioselectivity in the DNA binding of the dinuclear ruthenium(II) complex [{Ru(Me2bpy)2}2(µ-bpm)]4+{bpm = 2,2-bipyrimidine; Me2bpy = 4,4-dimethyl-2,2-bipyridine}

Smith, Jayden A., Collins, J. Grant, Patterson, Bradley T., and Keene, F. Richard (2004) Total enantioselectivity in the DNA binding of the dinuclear ruthenium(II) complex [{Ru(Me2bpy)2}2(µ-bpm)]4+{bpm = 2,2-bipyrimidine; Me2bpy = 4,4-dimethyl-2,2-bipyridine}. Dalton Transactions, 9. pp. 1277-1283.

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The binding of the three stereoisomers (ΔΔ-, ΛΛ- and ΔΛ-) of the dinuclear ruthenium(II) complex [{Ru(Me2bpy)2}2(μ-bpm)]4+ {Me2bpy = 4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine; bpm = 2,2'-bipyrimidine} to a tridecanucleotide containing a single adenine bulge has been studied by 1H NMR spectroscopy. The addition of the AA-isomer to d(CCGAGAATTCCGG)2 induced significant chemical shift changes for the base and sugar resonances of the residues at the bulge site (G3A4G5/C11C10), whereas small shifts were observed upon addition of the enantiomeric AA-form. NOESY spectra of the tridecanucleotide bound with the AA-isomer revealed intermolecular NOE's between the metal complex and the nucleotide residues at the bulge site, while only weak NOE's were observed to terminal residues to the AA-form. Competitive binding studies were performed where both enantiomers were simultaneously added to the tridecanucleotide, and for all ratios of the two stereoisomers the AA-isomer remained selectively bound at the bulge site with the AA-enantiomer localised at the terminal regions of the tridecanucleotide. The meso-diastereoisomer (AA) was found to bind to the tridecanucleotide with characteristics intermediate between the AA- and AA-enantiomers of the rac form. Two distinct sets of metal complex resonances were observed, with one set having essentially the same shift as the free metal complex, whilst the other set of resonances exhibited significant shifts. The NOE data indicated that the meso-diastereoisomer does not bind as selectively as the ΔΔ-isomer, with NOE's observed to a greater number of nucleotide residues compared to the AA-form. This study provides a rare example of total enantioselectivity in the binding of an inert transition metal complex to DNA, produced by the shape recognition of both ruthenium(II) centres.

Item ID: 4491
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1477-9234
Keywords: dinuclear; DNA binding; DNA bulge; enantioselectivity; ruthenium; stereochemistry
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2009 05:42
FoR Codes: 03 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 0302 Inorganic Chemistry > 030201 Bioinorganic Chemistry @ 50%
03 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 0302 Inorganic Chemistry > 030207 Transition Metal Chemistry @ 50%
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