Influence of metal ion complexation on the metastable fragmentation of DNA hexamers

  • Andreas Piekarczyk
  • Ilko Bald
  • Helga D. Flosadóttir
  • Benedikt Ómarsson
  • Anne Lafosse
  • Oddur Ingólfsson
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DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2014-40838-7

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Piekarczyk, A., Bald, I., Flosadóttir, H. et al. Eur. Phys. J. D (2014) 68: 146. doi:10.1140/epjd/e2014-40838-7
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Abstract

Here, we study the metastable decay of 5′-d(TTGCTT) in the presence of 0–6 alkaline metal ions (Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+) and 0−3 alkaline earth metal ions (Mg2+ and Ca2 +), which replace the corresponding number of protons in the oligonucleotide. We find that all ions studied here stabilize the oligonucleotide with respect to simple 3′-C–O backbone cleavage, but at the same time these metal ions promote a central oligonucleotide deletion accompanied by a concomitant recombination of the terminal d(TT) groups. We find that the quenching of the 3′-C–O backbone cleavage is not ion specific, since it is due to the removal of the phosphate protons upon replacement with the respective metal ions. The central nucleotide deletion competes with the 3′-C–O backbone cleavage channels and is thus promoted through the replacement of the exchangeable protons against metal ions. However, with increasing positive charge density of the metal ions the yield of the central nucleotide deletion further increases. We attribute this effect to the necessity of sufficient proximity of the terminal d(TT) group to allow for their recombination on this reaction path. Hence, the formation of a reactive conformer is mediated by the metal ions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Piekarczyk
    • 1
  • Ilko Bald
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Helga D. Flosadóttir
    • 1
  • Benedikt Ómarsson
    • 1
  • Anne Lafosse
    • 4
  • Oddur Ingólfsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Science Institute, Department of Chemistry, University of IcelandReykjavíkIceland
  2. 2.Institute of Chemistry – Physical Chemistry, University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  3. 3.BAM Federal Institute of Materials Research and TestingBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Univ. Paris-Sud, Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay (ISMO), UMR 8214OrsayFrance

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