Dimers formed with the mixed-type G-quadruplex binder pyridostatin specifically recognize human telomere G-quadruplex dimers†
By choosing pyridostatin (PDS) with high thermal stabilization towards mixed-type G-quadruplexes as the monomer in dimers, three novel polyether-tethered PDS dimers (1a–c) were first synthesized and their interaction with human telomere G-quadruplex dimers (G2T1) was studied. Through the regulation of the linker length in PDS dimers, the dimer with a medium-length polyether linker (1b) showed higher binding selectivity and thermal stabilization (ΔTm = 29.5 °C) towards antiparallel G2T1 over G-quadruplex monomers (G1). Furthermore, the dimer with the longest-length polyether linker (1c) showed higher binding selectivity and thermal stabilization towards mixed-type G2T1 over mixed-type G1, c-kit 1, c-kit 2, c-myc and ds DNA. This work provides new insights into the development of G2T1 binders, especially mixed-type G2T1 binders, which could be promoted by a polymer formed with a mixed-type G-quadruplex binder. In addition, dimer 1c exhibited stronger telomerase inhibition than dimers 1a and 1b.
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