DNA triple helix stabilisation by a naphthylquinoline dimer

FEBS Letters
M D KepplerK R Fox


We have used DNase I footprinting to examine the effect of a novel naphthylquinoline dimer, designed as a triplex-specific bis-intercalator, on the stability of intermolecular DNA triplexes. We find that this compound efficiently promotes triplex formation between the 9-mer oligonucleotide 5'-TTTTTTCTT and its oligopurine duplex target at concentrations as low as 0.1 microM, enhancing the triplex stability by at least 1000-fold. This compound, which is the first reported example of a triplex bis-intercalator, is about 30 times more potent than the simple monofunctional ligand.


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