A new cyclometallated iridium(III) complex with the 2,2'-biquinoline N-donor ligand has been synthesized and characterized.
The interaction and affinity of the complex towards c-myc G-quadruplex and duplex DNA have been investigated using UV/Vis spectroscopy
and gel mobility shift assay. These studies revealed that complex 1 binds to c-myc G-quadruplexes (Pu22 and Pu27) with high
affinity but does not interact with duplex DNA either by intercalation or groove binding. The ability of 1 to stabilize c-myc G-quadruplex
DNA in vitro has also been examined through a PCR stop assay and a cell-based luciferase reporter assay. Complex 1 displays promising
cytotoxic activity against the HeLa cell line with sub-micromolar potency.
Keywords: c-myc, DNA, G-quadruplex, iridium(III), metal complex, oncogene, promoter, cyclometallated iridium(III) complex, 2, 2'-biquinoline N-donor, G-quadruplex
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