Synthesis and photobiological properties of 4-hydroxymethyl-4'-methylpsoralen derivatives.

The synthesis and the photobiological activity of two new hydroxymethyl derivatives of psoralen namely 4-hydroxymethyl-4'-methyl- and 4-hydroxymethyl-4'-methyl-8-methoxypsoralen are described. Both compounds exhibited efficient photobinding to DNA and RNA. The DNA-photobinding process was investigated using different nucleic acid structures such as double… (More)