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Mononuclear Fe(II)-N4Py complexes in oxidative DNA cleavage: structure, activity and mechanism

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A series of monotopic N4Py (N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-N-bis(2-pyridyl)methylamine, 1) derived ligands have been prepared and evaluated in the iron catalyzed oxidative cleavage of pUC18 DNA, in the presence and absence of external reducing agent DTT. The mononuclear iron(II) complexes induce efficient DNA cleavage in air with a low catalyst loading. It was demonstrated that covalent attachment of 9-aminoacridine, ammonium group or 1,8-naphthalimide leads to increased DNA cleavage activity in the presence of a reductant. Also some complexes displayed a small degree of double-strand DNA cleavage activity. In contrast, in the absence of reducing agent, no beneficial effect of the covalently attached DNA binding moieties was observed, which was attributed to the reduction from Fe(III) to Fe(II), which is required for oxygen activation, becoming rate limiting. Mechanistic investigations revealed an important role for superoxide radicals. A proposed mechanism involves the formation of an Fe(III)–OOH intermediate as the active species or precursor.

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The article was received on 24 Dec 2009, accepted on 08 Jun 2010 and first published on 26 Jul 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B927145G
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2010,39, 8012-8021

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    Mononuclear Fe(II)-N4Py complexes in oxidative DNA cleavage: structure, activity and mechanism

    Q. Li, T. A. van den Berg, B. L. Feringa and G. Roelfes, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 8012
    DOI: 10.1039/B927145G

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