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Title: Biophysical analysis of interaction of dihydro-imidazo-phenanthridinium based compounds with DNA
Author: Guthrie, Kevin Mark
ISNI:       0000 0001 3522 8820
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2007
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The interaction of small molecules with DNA is an area ofresearch which is important to several fields, for example in anti-cancer and anti-viral drug design. However, the physical processes behind such molecular associations and their resultant biological activity are unclear. A thorough understanding ofthe underlying thermodynamics which govern such binding processes will aid in the design ofnew DNA binding ligands with enhanced properties. In this thesis the DNA binding properties ofa new class ofpotential intercalating agents, the dihydro-imidazo-phenathridinium (DIP) ligands, are discussed. These DIP ligands are not as susceptible to physiological reduction as existing nitrogen heteroatomics and have properties that make them attractive candidates in a range ofbiomolecular proc'esses. For example, as anti-tumor agents and in DNA drug targeting applications. The versatility ofthese ligands allows the incorporatIon ofvarious features to potentially affect minor/major groove binding, inter-ehain interactions along with combinations ofthese. Isothermal titration calorimetry and differential scaiming calorimetry in addition to more indirect biophysical methods are used to characterise the thermodynamics, stoichiometry and modes ofbinding for this new family ofmolecules.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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