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Title: Study of alkaloid berberine and its interaction with the human telomeric i-motif DNA structure
Author: Gargallo Gómez, Raimundo
Aviñó Andrés, Anna
Eritja i Casadellà, Ramon
Jarosova, Petra
Mazzini, Stefania
Scaglioni, Leonardo
Taborsky, Petr
Keywords: G-estructures
Issue Date: 13-Nov-2020
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Abstract: The alkaloid berberine presents many biological activities related to its potential to bind DNA structures, such as duplex or G-quadruplex. Recently, it has been proposed that berberine may interact with i-motif structures formed from the folding of cytosine-rich sequences. In the present work, the interaction of this alkaloid with the i-motif formed by the human telomere cytosine-rich sequence, as well as with several positive and negative controls, has been studied. Molecular fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopies, as well as nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry and competitive dialysis, have been used with this purpose. The results shown here reveal that the interaction of berberine with this i-motif is weak, mostly electrostatics in nature and takes place with bases not involved in C·C+ base pairs. Moreover, this ligand is not selective for i-motif structures, as binds equally to both, folded structure, and unfolded strand, without producing any stabilization of the i-motif. As a conclusion, the development of analytical methods based on the interaction of fluorescent ligands, such as berberine, with i-motif structures should consider the thermodynamic aspects related with the interaction, as well as the selectivity of the proposed ligands with different DNA structures, including unfolded strands.
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It is part of: Spectrochimica Acta Part A-Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 2020, vol. 248, p. 119185
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ISSN: 1386-1425
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