When the benzo(a)pyrene diol epoxide (±)-7β,8α-dihydroxy-9α,10α-epoxy-7,8,9,10-tetrahydrobenzo(a)pyrene (BPDE) is mixed into a DNA solution, a 10nm red shift in the absorption maximum of BPDE appears at 354nm which is due to a non-covalent intercalation complex. The major reaction pathway at this intercalation site is the hydrolysis of BPDE to its tetraol which is accompanied by a decrease in the absorbance and a shift from 354 to 353nm (the latter is due to intercalated tetraol). The non-covalent binding constants are approximately 8200M-1 for BPDE and 3300M-1 for the tetraol at 25°C, pH 7.0. Covalent adduct formation between BPDE and DNA occurs either at another, external binding site, or after some rearrangement of the intercalated BPDE, since covalent adducts display a 345nm absorption maximum (2nm red shift only).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Jun 30 1981|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology