DNA-DNA interstrand cross-linking by 2,5-bis(1-aziridinyl)-3,6-bis(carbethoxyamino)-1,4-benzoquinone: covalent structure of the dG-to-dG cross-links in calf thymus DNA and a synthetic DNA duplex.


The products of the alkylation reaction of reduced 2,5-bis(1-aziridinyl)-3,6-bis(carbethoxyamino)-1,4-benzoquinone (AZQ, 1a) with duplex DNA were studied using calf thymus DNA and a synthetic oligodeoxynucleotide. Reaction of calf thymus DNA with a mixture of AZQ and ascorbic acid followed by enzymatic digestion of the sugar phosphate backbone afforded… (More)


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