Combined Theoretical and Computational Study of Interstrand DNA Guanine-Guanine Cross-Linking by trans-[Pt(pyridine)(2)] Derived from the Photoactivated Prodrug trans,trans,trans-[Pt(N-3)(2)(OH)(2)(pyridine)(2)]

Published: INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 51, 6830-6841 Authors: Tai, HC., Brodbeck, R., Kasparkova, J., Farrer, NJ., Brabec, V., Sadler, PJ., Deeth, RJ. Year: 2012


Molecular modeling and extensive experimental studies are used to study DNA distortions induced by binding platinum(II)-containing fragments derived from cisplatin and a new class of photoactive platinum anticancer drugs. The major photoproduct of the novel platinum(IV) prodrug trans,trans,trans-[Pt(N-3)(2)(OH)(2)(py)(2)] (1) contains the trans-{Pt(py)(2)}(2+) moiety. Using a tailored DNA sequence, experimental studies establish the possibility of interstrand binding of trans-{Pt(py)(2)}(2+) (P) to guanine N7 positions on each DNA strand. Ligand field molecular mechanics (LFMM) parameters for Pt-guanine interactions are then derived and validated against a range of experimental structures from the Cambridge Structural Database, published quantum mechanics (QM)/molecular mechanics (MM) structures of model Pt-DNA systems and additional density-functional theory (DFT) studies. Ligand field molecular dynamics (LFMD) simulation protocols are developed and validated using experimentally characterized bifunctional DNA adducts involving both an intra- and an interstrand cross-link of cisplatin. We then turn to the interaction of P with the DNA duplex dodecamer, d(5'-C(1)C(2)T(3)C(4)T(5)C(6)G(7)T(8)C(9)T(10)C(11)C(12)-3')center dot d(.5'-G(13)G(14)A(15)G(16)A(17)C(18)G(19)A(20)G(21)A(22)G(23)G(24)-3') which is known to form a monofunctional adduct with cis-{Pt(NH3)(2)(py)}. P coordinated to G(7) and G(1)9 is simulated giving a predicted bend toward the minor groove. This is widened at one end of the platinated site and deepened at the opposite end, while the P-DNA complex exhibits a global bend of similar to 67 degrees and an unwinding of similar to 20 degrees. Such cross-links offer possibilities for specific protein-DNA interactions and suggest possible mechanisms to explain the high potency of this photoactivated complex.