Photocontrolled Binding and Binding-Controlled Photochromism within Anthracene-Modified DNA

Jack Manchester, Dario M. Bassani, Jean-Louise H. A. Duprey, Luciano Giordano, Joseph S. Vyle, Zheng-yun Zhao, James H. R. Tucker

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Modified DNA strands undergo a reversible light-induced reaction involving the intramolecular photodimerization of two appended anthracene tags. The photodimers exhibit markedly different binding behavior toward a complementary strand that depends on the number of bases between the modified positions. By preforming the duplex, photochromism can be suppressed, illustrating dual-mode gated behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10791-10794
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number26
Early online date13 Jun 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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