A laser Raman spectroscopic study of the interaction of calf-thymus DNA with Cu(II) and Pb(II) ions: metal ion binding and DNA conformational changes.
Tajmir-Riahi, H A
The interaction of calf-thymus DNA with Cu(II) and Pb(II) ions has been investigated in H2O and D2O solutions at physiological pH, using laser Raman spectroscopy. The results confirm the destabilizing effect of Cu2+ ions, which are shown to bind strongly to the guanine and cytidine bases, perturbing the A-T base pairs and disrupting the double-helical structure of DNA, whose conformation is markedly altered by these interactions. Earlier claims that Pb2+ ions destabilize DNA are not supported by the present study. These ions are found to interact only weakly with the nucleic bases, binding to the N7 position of the guanine bases and also interacting with the A-T pairs. Both types of ions are found to interact with the charged phosphate groups of DNA, although these sites are preferred over the nucleic bases by Pb2+ ions.
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