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Targeting proteins with metal complexes

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Abstract

Unique properties of metal complexes, such as structural diversity, adjustable ligand exchange kinetics, fine-tuned redox activities, and distinct spectroscopic signatures, make them exciting scaffolds not only for binding to nucleic acids but increasingly also to proteins as non-traditional targets. This feature article discusses recent trends in this field. These include the use of chemically inert metal complexes as structural scaffolds for the design of enzyme inhibitors, new strategies for inducing selective coordination chemistry at the protein binding site, recent advances in the development of catalytic enzyme inhibitors, and the design of metal complexes that can inject electrons or holes into redox enzymes. A common theme in many of the discussed examples is that binding selectivity is at least in part achieved through weak interactions between the ligand sphere and the protein binding site. These examples hint to an exciting future in which “organic-like” molecular recognition principles are combined with properties that are unique to metals and thus promise to yield compounds with novel and unprecedented properties.

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The article was received on 11 Aug 2008, accepted on 17 Nov 2008 and first published on 12 Jan 2009


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B813568A
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2009, 1001-1010
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    Targeting proteins with metal complexes

    E. Meggers, Chem. Commun., 2009, 1001
    DOI: 10.1039/B813568A

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