A novel hydrogen bond-forming ligand for pyrimidine/purine transversion, which contains both a fluorescent naphthyridine moiety and a ferrocenyl group as an electrochemical indicator, is described. Hydrogen bond-mediated recognition for a target nucleobase at an abasic site in a DNA duplex is confirmed by both fluorescence and electrochemical measurements. The analysis by fluorescence titration reveals that the ligand shows significant fluorescent quenching upon formation of a 1: 1 complex with the target nucleobase opposite the abasic site, and the selectivity is in the order of cytosine > thymine > adenine, guanine, reflecting the stability of the hydrogen bond formation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry