Hirak S. Basu

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Modeling, x-ray diffraction, and solution studies have contributed to the understanding of interactions between polyamines and nucleic acids. Polyamines stabilize a variety of unusual DNA structures and conformations in vitro, including both the left-handed Z and the right-handed A DNA. In addition, polyamines condense DNA and may be important in bending(More)
Twelve analogues of 1N,14N-bisethylhomospermine (BE-4-4-4) with restricted conformations were synthesized in the search for cancer chemotherapeutic agents with higher cytotoxic activities and lower systemic toxicities than BE-4-4-4. The central butane segment of BE-4-4-4 was replaced with a 1,2-substituted cyclopropane ring, a 1,2-substituted cyclobutane(More)
Effects of a number of synthetic analogues of the natural polyamines on the B-Z transition of poly(dG-me5dC) and on the aggregation of calf thymus DNA in solution were studied using circular dichroic and UV spectroscopy. The efficiency of induction of the B-Z transition decreased with a decrease in the length of the central alkyl chain of the analogues, and(More)
Eight analogues of 1N,12N-bisethylspermine (BES) with restricted conformations were synthesized in the search for new spermine mimetics with cytotoxic activities. By replacing the central butane segment of BES with a 1,2-disubstituted cyclopropane ring, a pair of cis/trans-isomers was obtained that introduced a spatial constraint in the otherwise freely(More)
The polyamine analogue 1,19-bis(ethylamino)-5,10,15-triazanonadecane (BE-4-4-4-4), 5 mg/kg i.p., was given twice daily on days 0-3 and 7-10 (cycle 1) to nude mice with human malignant gliomas (SF-767 and U-87 MG), lung adenocarcinoma (A549), and colon carcinomas (HCT116 and HT29). A second cycle of drug was given to mice with SF-767 and A549 tumors on days(More)
Computer graphics modeling and physicochemical studies of spermine-DNA interactions, as well as experiments in cell culture, indicate that a polyamine analogue with strong affinity for nucleic acids but poor ability to condense and aggregate DNA in vitro should act as an antiproliferative agent if it can enter cells. On the basis of our studies of(More)
We studied the effects of spermine, two naturally-occurring pentamines isolated from the thermophile Thermus thermophilus and one synthetic pentamine on the aggregation and 'melting' temperature of calf-thymus DNA and on the B-to-Z transition of poly(dG-me5dC). All pentamines caused aggregation of DNA at much lower concentrations than that of spermine.(More)
Two transfected cell lines, one carrying a mammalian ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) that is suppressed by polyamines and one carrying a trypanosomal ODC that is not, were used to ask whether ODC suppression is necessary for the antiproliferative activities of two polyamine analogs, N1,N8-bis(ethyl)spermidine (BES) and N1,N14-bis(ethyl)homospermine (BE444).(More)
The effects of spermine and spermine analogues on the B-Z transition of poly(dG-me5dC) and on the aggregation and 'melting' temperature of calf thymus DNA were studied by spectroscopic methods. The association constants of these polyamines with double- and single-stranded calf thymus DNA were calculated from their effects on the melting temperature. The(More)
We designed three polyamine analogues, 1,14-diamino-N5-methyl-5,10- diazatetradecane (5me-4-4-4), 1,14-diamino-N5,N5-dimethyl-5,10-diazatetradecane (Q-Amm-4-4-4), and 1,14-bis-(ethylamino)-N5,N5-dimethyl-5,10-diazatetradecane (BE-Q-Amm-4-4-4), on the basis of computer modeling and physical-chemical studies of polyamine-DNA interactions. These analogues(More)