Bis-daunomycin hydrazones: Interactions with DNA Academic Article uri icon


  • A series of bis-daunomycin hydrazones were synthesised from diester diamide linking groups derived from alpha,omega-dicarboxylic acids. All members of the series bis-intercalated into DNA, as evidenced by doubling of the lengthening of rod-like DNA compared to daunomycin, and by a 1000-5000 fold slower dissociation from DNA than daunomycin under detergent sequestration conditions. The bis-hydrazones exhibited neighbour exclusion, and occupied 6 bp under saturating conditions of drug. A unique DNA sequence specificity was apparent from transcriptional footprinting of 100 bp of DNA, with the greatest preference for 5'-CACA sites.

publication date

  • 1992