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  • 1.
    Jamroskovic, Jan
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Livendahl, Madeleine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Jonas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Chorell, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Sabouri, Nasim
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Identification of Compounds that Selectively Stabilize Specific G-Quadruplex Structures by Using a Thioflavin T-Displacement Assay as a Tool2016In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 22, no 52, p. 18932-18943Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Small molecules are used in the G-quadruplex (G4) research field in vivo and in vitro, and there are increasing demands for ligands that selectively stabilize different G4 structures. Thioflavin T (ThT) emits an enhanced fluorescence signal when binding to G4 structures. Herein, we show that ThT can be competitively displaced by the binding of small molecules to G4 structures and develop a ThT-displacement high-throughput screening assay to find novel and selective G4-binding compounds. We screened approximately 28 000 compounds by using three different G4 structures and identified eight novel G4 binders. Analysis of the structural conformation and stability of the G4 structures in presence of these compounds demonstrated that the four compounds enhance the thermal stabilization of the structures without affecting their structural conformation. In addition, all four compounds also increased the G4-structure block of DNA synthesis by Taq DNA polymerase. Also, two of these compounds showed selectivity between certain Schizosaccharomyces pombe G4 structures, thus suggesting that these compounds or their analogues can be used as selective tools for G4 DNA studies.

  • 2.
    Jamroskovic, Jan
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Obi, Ikenna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Movahedi, Anahita
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Chand, Karam
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Chorell, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Sabouri, Nasim
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Identification of putative G-quadruplex DNA structures in S. pombe genome by quantitative PCR stop assay2019In: DNA Repair, ISSN 1568-7864, E-ISSN 1568-7856, Vol. 82, article id 102678Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In order to understand in which biological processes the four-stranded G-quadruplex (G4) DNA structures play a role, it is important to determine which predicted regions can actually adopt a G4 structure. Here, to identify DNA regions in Schizosaccharomyces pombe that fold into G4 structures, we first optimized a quantitative PCR (qPCR) assay using the G4 stabilizer, PhenDC3. We call this method the qPCR stop assay, and used it to screen for G4 structures in genomic DNA. The presence of G4 stabilizers inhibited DNA amplification in 14/15 unexplored genomic regions in S. pombe that encompassed predicted G4 structures, suggesting that at these sites the stabilized G4 structure formed an obstacle for the DNA polymerase. Furthermore, the formation of G4 structures was confirmed by complementary in vitro assays. In vivo, the S. pombe G4 unwinder Pif1 helicase, Pfh1, was associated with tested G4 sites, suggesting that the G4 structures also formed in vivo. Thus, we propose that the confirmed G4 structures in S. pombe form an obstacle for replication in vivo, and that the qPCR stop assay is a method that can be used to identify G4 structures. Finally, we suggest that the qPCR stop assay can also be used for identifying G4 structures in other organisms, as well as being adapted to screen for novel G4 stabilizers.

  • 3.
    Livendahl, Madeleine
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Jamroskovic, Jan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Hedenström, Mattias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Görlich, T.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Sabouri, Nasim
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Chorell, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Synthesis of phenanthridine spiropyrans and studies of their effects on G-quadruplex DNA2017In: Organic and biomolecular chemistry, ISSN 1477-0520, E-ISSN 1477-0539, Vol. 15, no 15, p. 3265-3275Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    G-quadruplex (G4) DNA structures are involved in many important biological processes and can be linked to several human diseases. Drug-like low molecular weight compounds that target G4 structures are therefore interesting not only for their potential therapeutic properties but also for their potential use as chemical research tools. We report here on the development of methods to synthesize spiropyrans using a condensation-cyclisation reaction of quaternary salts of [small alpha]-methyl quinoline or phenanthridine with salicylaldehydes. Evaluation of the synthesized phenanthridine spiropyrans' interactions with G4 DNA was performed with a Thioflavin T displacement assay, circular dichroism, Taq DNA polymerase stop assay, and NMR. This revealed that the substitution pattern on the phenanthridine spiropyrans was very important for their ability to bind and stabilize G4 structures. Some of the synthesized low molecular weight spirocyclic compounds efficiently stabilized G4 structures without inducing structural changes by binding the first G-tetrad in the G4 structure.

  • 4.
    Livendahl, Madeleine
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Jamroskovic, Jan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Ivanova, Svetlana
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Demirel, Peter
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Sabouri, Nasim
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Chorell, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Design and Synthesis of 2,2'-Diindolylmethanes to Selectively Target Certain G-Quadruplex DNA Structures2016In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 22, no 37, p. 13004-13009Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    G-quadruplex (G4) structures carry vital biological functions, and compounds that selectively target certain G4 structures have both therapeutic potential and value as research tools. Along this line, 2,2'-diindolylmethanes have been designed and synthesized in this work based on the condensation of 3,6- or 3,7-disubstituted indoles with aldehydes. The developed class of compounds efficiently stabilizes G4 structures without inducing conformational changes in such structures. Furthermore, the 2,2'-diindolylmethanes target certain G4 structures more efficiently than others and this G4 selectivity can be altered by chemical modifications of the compounds.

  • 5.
    Prasad, Bagineni
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Jamroskovic, Jan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Bhowmik, Sudipta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Department of Biophysics, Molecular Biology & Bioinformatics, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India.
    Kumar, Rajendra
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Romell, Tajanena
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Sabouri, Nasim
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Chorell, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Flexible Versus Rigid G-Quadruplex DNA Ligands: Synthesis of Two Series of Bis-indole Derivatives and Comparison of Their Interactions with G-Quadruplex DNA2018In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 24, no 31, p. 7926-7938Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Small molecules that target G-quadruplex (G4) DNA structures are not only valuable to study G4 biology but also for their potential as therapeutics. This work centers around how different design features of small molecules can affect the interactions with G4 DNA structures, exemplified by the development of synthetic methods to bis-indole scaffolds. Our synthesized series of bis-indole scaffolds are structurally very similar but differ greatly in the flexibility of their core structures. The flexibility of the molecules proved to be an advantage compared to locking the compounds in the presumed bioactive G4 conformation. The flexible derivatives demonstrated similar or even improved G4 binding and stabilization in several orthogonal assays even though their entropic penalty of binding is higher. In addition, molecular dynamics simulations with the c-MYC G4 structure showed that the flexible compounds adapt better to the surrounding. This was reflected by an increased number of both stacking and polar interactions with both the residues in the G4 DNA structure and the DNA residues just upstream of the G4 structure.

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