Table of Contents
Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 311-319

Contribution of H-Bonding to the Preference of Platinum Anti-Tumour Drugs for Particular Bases and Particular Cross-Links

Dipartimento Farmaco-Chimico, via E. Orabona 4, Bari I-70125, Italy

Received 11 March 1994; Accepted 29 April 1994

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The stereochemical factors that influence the tendencies for sequence specific binding of platinum antitumour drugs to DNA are examined. The NHs of the platinum-amine moiety can form hydrogen bonds to the O6 of guanine or to a phosphate oxygen of DNA. Modelling the stereochemistry of the NH atoms can lead to compounds with a strong preference for forming one type of adduct with DNA.