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Chemical communications (Cambridge, England)

A new phenanthroline-oxazine ligand: synthesis, coordination chemistry and atypical DNA binding interaction.


PMID 23407675

Abstract

1,10-Phenanthroline-5,6-dione and l-tyrosine methyl ester react to form phenanthroline-oxazine (PDT) from which [Cu(PDT)(2)](ClO(4))(2) and [Ag(PDT)(2)]ClO(4)·2MeOH are obtained. Binding to calf-thymus DNA by Ag(I) and Cu(II) PDT complexes exceed bis-1,10-phenanthroline analogues and the minor groove binding drugs, pentamidine and netropsin. Furthermore, unlike the artificial metallonuclease, [Cu(phen)(2)](2+), the [Cu(PDT)(2)](2+) complex does not cleave DNA in the presence of added reductant indicating unique interaction with DNA.