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Discriminating small molecule DNA binding modes by single molecule force spectroscopy

Discriminating small molecule DNA binding modes by single molecule force spectroscopy

Biophysical Journal 82(1 Part 2): 141a-142a

Drugs may interact with double stranded DNA via a variety of binding modes, each mode giving rise to a specific pharmacological function. Here we demonstrate the ability of single molecule force spectroscopy to discriminate between different interaction modes by measuring the mechanical properties of DNA and their modulation upon the binding of small molecules. Due to the unique topology of double stranded DNA and due to its base pair stacking pattern, DNA undergoes several well-characterised structural transitions upon stretching. We show that small molecule binding markedly affects these transitions in ways characteristic to the binding mode and that these effects can be detected at the level of an individual molecule. The minor groove binder berenil, the crosslinker cisplatin and the intercalator ethidium bromide are compared.

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Accession: 010477463

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PMID: 11801245

DOI: 10.1016/s0014-5793(01)03257-4

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