Tyagi, Gunjan and Agarwal, Shweta and Mehrotra, Ranjana (2015) tRNA binding with anti-cancer alkaloids-nature of interaction and comparison with DNA-alkaloids adducts. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 142. pp. 250-256. ISSN 1011-1344

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Vincristine and vinblastine are potent anti-proliferative compound whose mechanism of action inside a cell is not well elucidated and the basis of their differential cellular effect is also unknown. This work focuses towards understanding the interaction of vincristine and vinblastine with tRNA using spectroscopic approach. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared difference spectroscopy and UV-visible spectroscopy were used to study the binding parameters of tRNA-alkaloids interaction. Both the vinca alkaloids interact with tRNA through external binding with some degree of intercalation into the nitrogenous bases. The alkaloids adduct formation did not alter the A-conformation of the biopolymer and vincristine-tRNA complexes were found to be more stable than that of vinblastine-tRNA complexes. The binding constants (K) estimated for VCR-tRNA and VBS-tRNA complexation are 3 x 10(2) M-1 and 2.5 x 10(2) M-1 respectively, which suggests low affinity of alkaloids to tRNA. The study recognizes tRNA binding properties of vital vinca alkaloids and contributes to a better understanding of their mechanism of action and could also help in identifying the reason behind their diverse action in a cell.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to M/S Elsevier B.V.
Subjects: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Depositing User: Dr. Rajpal Walke
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 11:58
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2017 11:58
URI: http://npl.csircentral.net/id/eprint/2054

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