DNA Interstrand Cross-Links of an Antitumor Trinuclear Platinum(II) Complex: Thermodynamic Analysis and Chemical Probing

Published: CHEMISTRY-AN ASIAN JOURNAL 6, 1566-1574 Authors: Malina, J., Farrell, NP., Brabec, V. Year: 2011


The trinuclear platinum compound [{trans-PtCl(NH(3))(2)}(2)(mu-trans-Pt-(NH(3))(2){NH(2)(CH(2))(6)NH(2)}(2))](4+) (BBR3464) belongs to the polynuclear class of platinum-based anticancer agents. These agents form in DNA long-range (Pt,Pt) interstrand cross-links, whose role in the antitumor effects of BBR3464 predominates. Our results show for the first time that the interstrand cross-links formed by BBR3464 between two guanine bases in opposite strands separated by two base pairs (1,4-interstrand cross-links) exist as two distinct conformers, which are not interconvertible, not only if these cross-links are formed in the 5'-5', but also in the less-usual 3'-3' direction. Analysis of the conformers by differential scanning calorimetry, chemical probes of DNA conformation, and minor groove binder Hoechst 33258 demonstrate that each of the four con-formers affects DNA in a distinctly different way and adopts a different conformation. The results also support the thesis that the molecule of antitumor BBR3464 when forming DNA interstrand cross-links may adopt different global structures, including different configurations of the linker chain of BBR3464 in the minor groove of DNA. Our findings suggest that the multiple DNA interstrand cross-links available to BBR3464 may all contribute substantially to its cytotoxicity.