Chiral probes for the handedness of DNA helices: enantiomers of tris(4,7-diphenylphenanthroline)ruthenium(II).


The chiral complexes tris(4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline)ruthenium(II) (RuDIP) are shown to be specific chemical probes with which to distinguish right- and left-handed DNA helices in solution. In spectrophotometric titrations of racemic RuDIP with both B-form calf thymus DNA and Z-form poly[d(G-C)], hypochromicity in the intense metal-to-ligand charge… (More)

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