Deoxyribonucleic acid binding and photocleavage studies of rhenium(I) dipyridophenazine complexes

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2067-2072
Journal / PublicationJournal of the Chemical Society - Dalton Transactions
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 1997


The intercalative binding interaction of [Re(dppz)(CO)3(py)][O3SCF3] (dppz = dipyrido[3,2-a:2′,3′-c]phenazine, py = pyridine) and [Re(dppn)(CO)3(py)][O3SCF3] (dppn = benzo[i]dipyrido[3,2-a:2′,3′-c]phenazine) with double-stranded calf thymus DNA, and synthetic oligonucleotides poly(dA)·poly(dT) and poly(dC)·poly(dG) has been studied with spectroscopic methods. The complexes have been found to promote cleavage of plasmid pBR322 DNA from the supercoiled form I to the open circular form II upon irradiation. The crystal structure of [Re(dppz)(CO)3(py)][O3SCF3] has also been established.