The 5′-CA DNA-sequence preference of daunomycin Academic Article uri icon


  • The DNA-sequence specificity of daunomycin was investigated by DNase I footprinting and an E. coli RNA polymerase transcription-inhibition assay. The 5'-CA sequence was identified as being the highest affinity binding site, although other modest affinity (5'-GC, CG, CT, TC, AC) and poor affinity sites (5'-AA, AT, TA) were also observed. The preference of daunomycin for 5'-CA nucleotide sequence suggests that its biological activity may arise from association with the 5'-CA-containing sequences thought to be associated with genetic regulatory elements in eukaryotes.

publication date

  • January 25, 1988