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DNA Films Containing the Artificial Nucleobase Imidazole Mediate Charge Transfer in a Silver(I)-Responsive Way

DNA Films Containing the Artificial Nucleobase Imidazole Mediate Charge Transfer in a Silver(I)-Responsive Way
Jens Müller, Zhe She, J. Christian Léon, Ajar Kamal, Mohtashim Hassan Shamsi, Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz
The first sequence-dependent study of DNA films containing metal-mediated base pairs was performed to investigate the charge transfer resistance (RCT) of metal-modified DNA. The imidazole (Im) deoxyribonucleoside was chosen as a highly AgI-specific ligandoside for the formation of Im–AgI–Im complexes within the duplexes. This new class of site-specifically metal-modified DNA films was characterized by UV, circular dichroism (CD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electrochemical properties of these systems were investigated by means of electron impedance spectroscopy and scanning electrochemical microscopy. Taken together, these experiments indicated that the incorporation of AgI ions into the DNA films leads to reduced electron transfer through the DNA films. A simple device was proposed that can be switched reversibly between two distinct states with different charge transfer resistance. Switchable resistance: DNA films containing metal-mediated base pairs were studied in a sequence-dependent fashion for the first time to determine the charge transfer resistance of metal-modified DNA. The experiments indicate that the incorporation of AgI ions into DNA films leads to reduced electron transfer through the DNA films.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201700248

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