The interaction of the mutagenic dye 9-aminoacridine (9AA) with the self-complementary tetranucleotide dpApGpCpT has been studied by a combination of proton NMR titrations and thermal denaturation experiments. A minimum of three complexes of well-defined stoichiometry can be demonstrated in this system. Complex I is a 1:2 9AA/tetranucleotide structure occurring in the presence of excess tetranucleotide. The dye appears to intercalate within the GpC/GpC site of a tetranucleotide duplex. Complex II is a 2:2 9AA/tetranucleotide structure, with two dyes intercalated at the ApG/CpT sites of the duplex. Complex III is a low-temperature 4:2 9AA/tetranucleotide structure containing two dye molecules stacked over the terminal A-T residues of the duplex in addition to those present in complex II. These results show that both sequence selectivity and site exclusion can occur in this model system.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Nov 1980|
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