Cooperative recognition of T:T mismatch by echinomycin causes structural distortions in DNA duplex.

Small-molecule compounds that target mismatched base pairs in DNA offer a novel prospective for cancer diagnosis and therapy. The potent anticancer antibiotic echinomycin functions by intercalating into DNA at CpG sites. Surprisingly, we found that the drug strongly prefers to bind to consecutive CpG steps separated by a single T:T mismatch. The preference… CONTINUE READING