On the use of chiral compounds for probing the DNA handedness: Z to B conversion in poly(dGm5dC) upon binding of Fe(phen)3(2+) and Ru(phen)3(2+).


In order to examine whether chiral metal complexes can be used to discriminate between right- and left-handed DNA conformational states we have studied the enantioselective interactions of Fe(phen)3(2+) and Ru(phen)3(2+) (phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) with poly(dGm5dC) under B- and Z-form conditions. With the inversion-labile Fe(phen)3(2+), enantioselectivity… (More)