Probing Stereospecific Interaction with DNA : Optically Pure Synthesis Precursors

Frédéric Pierard*, Carole Bresson* and Andrée Kirsch-De Mesmaeker*


* Université Libre de Bruxelles, Chimie Organique Physique, CP 160/08, 50 av. F.D. Roosevelt, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium


      In this part, the interaction and photoreactions of Ru(II) complexes with DNA are described.

Potential applications of Ru(II) complexes as photoprobes for the genetic material are also shown with emphasis on the possible stereoselective recognition of the chirality of DNA helicoidal structures.


The chiral precursor [Ru(L)2(pyridine)2]2+

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Conclusions and Perspectives

[Ru(L)2(pyridine)2]2+ are useful chiral building blocks as already demonstrated by von zelewsky and coworkers. The new [Ru(TAP)2(pyridine)2]2+ precursor has however not yet been optically resolved probably because of its high polarity which prevents application of the same methodology as for [Ru(phen)2(pyridine)2]2+.


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