, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 1615-1623
Date: 15 Feb 2012

Dakin–West reaction on 1-thyminyl acetic acid for the synthesis of 1,3-bis(1-thyminyl)-2-propanone, a heteroaromatic compound with nucleopeptide-binding properties

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This work deals with the Dakin–West synthesis, starting from the nucleoamino acid 1-thyminyl acetic acid, as well the NMR, ESI MS, and X-ray characterization of a heteroaromatic compound denominated by us T2CO, comprising two thymine moieties anchored to a 2-propanonic unit, the spectroscopic properties of which were studied by UV as a function of temperature and ionic strength. Preliminary binding-studies with molecules of biomedical interest such as nucleic acids and proteins, performed on samples containing T2CO, suggested that this molecule is able to interact very weakly with double-stranded RNA, whereas it does not seem to bind other nucleic acids or proteins. Moreover, by studies with fresh human serum we found that T2CO is resistant to enzymatic degradation till 24 h, whereas UV metal binding-studies, performed using solutions of copper (II) chloride dihydrate and nickel (II) chloride hexahydrate, revealed a certain ability of T2CO to bind copper (II) cation. Finally, by CD spectroscopy we investigated the influence of T2CO on the already described supramolecular networks based on l-serine-containing nucleopeptides. More particularly, we found that T2CO is able to increase the level of structuration of the non-covalent supramolecular assembly of the chiral nucleopeptides, which is a feature of remarkable interest for the development of innovative drug delivery tools.

G. N. Roviello and G. Roviello contributed equally to this work.