Hideji Osuga

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In addition to the Watson-Crick double helix, secondary DNA structures are thought to play important roles in a variety of biological processes. One important example is the G-quadruplex structure that is formed at the chromosome ends, which inhibits telomerase activity by blocking its access to telomeres. G-quadruplex structures represent a new class of(More)
The G-quadruplex structures represent a new class of molecular targets for DNA-interactive compounds that might be useful for targeting telomeres. Here we describe a study on the structure-based design of cyclic helicenes displaying chiral and steric selection in binding to higher-order G-quadruplexes. We propose a new ligand-binding site for(More)
Enantiomeric helicenes of (P)-A and (M)-A were synthesized. The binding of the helicenes to B- and Z-DNA was studied quantitatively by CD, equilibrium dialysis, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Enantiomeric (P)-A not only bound selectively to Z-DNA but also effectively converted the B-DNA conformation to Z-DNA. The enantioselectivity of the helicenes offers a(More)
Two novel fluoroionophores, N-(7-hydroxy-4-methylcoumarin-8-ylmethyl)-3,9-dithia-6-azaundecane (1) and N-(7-hydroxy-4-methylcoumarin-8-ylmethyl)-3,9-dithia-6-azaundecane (2), were synthesized as fluorescence extractants for selective silver determination. The absorption and fluorescence spectra were measured in aqueous 1,4-dioxane solution (28 v/v%) in the(More)
Monodisperse and polydisperse oligomers of benzo[1,2-b:4,3-b']dithiophene (BDT) (1-14), including three types of oligomers with different spacers combining BDT units (direct linkage, vinylene spacers, and ethynylene spacers), were synthesized, and their thermal, optical, and electrochemical properties were investigated. The oligomers were synthesized using(More)
Enantiomeric helicenes of (P)-A and (M)-A were synthesized. The binding of the helicenes to B- and Z-DNA was studied quantitatively by CD, equilibrium dialysis, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Enantiomeric (P)-A not only bound selectively to Z-DNA, but also effectively converted the B-DNA conformation to Z-DNA. The enantio-selectivity of the helicenes offers(More)
A series of bridged [7]thiaheterohelicenes 3a-c and 4 with a variety of helical pitches have been prepared from racemic and optical pure 2,13-bis(hydroxymethyl)dithieno[3,2-e:3',2'-e']benzo[1,2-b:4,3-b']bis[1]benzothiophene (1) in order to investigate the helical structures in solution. Recrystallizations of (PM)-3a, (PM)-3b, (PM)-3c, and (P)-4 from(More)
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