Enantiospecific kinking of DNA by a partially intercalating metal complex

Anna Reymer, Bengt Nordén

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Opposite enantiomers of [Ru(phenanthroline) 3] 2+ affect the persistence length of DNA differently, a long speculated effect of helix kinking. Our molecular dynamics simulations confirm a substantial change of duplex secondary structure produced by wedge-intercalation of one but not the other enantiomer. This effect is exploited by several classes of DNA operative proteins. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2012.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4941
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number41
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUK-11-008-23
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Grant [KUK-11-008-23] awarded to B.N.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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