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Methods for Studying Nucleic Acid/Drug Interactions

1st Edition

Edited by Meni Wanunu, Yitzhak Tor

CRC Press

392 pages

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Since most therapeutic efforts have been predominantly focused on pharmaceuticals that target proteins, there is an unmet need to develop drugs that intercept cellular pathways that critically involve nucleic acids. Progress in the discovery of nucleic acid binding drugs naturally relies on the availability of analytical methods that assess the eff

Table of Contents

CLASSICAL TECHNIQUES: Using Spectroscopic Techniques to Examine Drug-DNA Interactions. Probing DNA and RNA Interactions with Biogenic and Synthetic Polyamines: Models and Biological Implications. EMERGING TECHNIQUES: Mass Spectrometry-Based Techniques for Studying Nucleic Acid/Small Molecule Interactions. Real-Time Monitoring of Nucleic Acid Interactions with Biosensor-Surface Plasmon Resonance. Studying Aptamer/Ligand Interactions Using Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy. Studying Nucleic Acid - Drug Interactions at the Single Molecule Level Using Optical Tweezers. Fluorescent Nucleoside Analogues for Monitoring RNA-Drug Interactions. Atomic Force Microscopy Investigation of DNA-Drug Interactions. Characterizing RNA-Ligand Interactions Using 2-Dimensional Combinatorial Screening. EPR Spectroscopy for the Study of RNA-Ligand Interactions. Electrochemical Approaches to the Study of DNA-Drug Interactions. Nanopore Ion Microscope for Detecting Nucleic Acid/Drug Interactions. A Primer for Relaxation Kinetic Measurements. DNA-Drug Interactions: A Theoretical Perspective. Computational Studies of RNA Dynamics and RNA-Ligand Interactions.All chapters include case studies, background and basics, prospects and outlook, conclusions, and references

About the Editors

Meni Wanunu completed his Ph.D. in 2005 at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he specialized in supramolecular chemistry, self-assembly, and nanomaterials science. He then carried out a postdoctoral position at Boston University and a research associate position at the University of Pennsylvania, where he developed ultrasensitive synthetic nanopores for nucleic acid analysis at the single-molecule level. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University, Boston. His research interests include developing chemical approaches for investigating biomolecular structure and behavior, nucleic acid mechanics and dynamics, and probing biological processes at the single-molecule level.

Yitzhak Tor carried out his doctorate work at the Weizmann Institute of Science, earning his Ph.D. in 1990. After a postdoctoral stay at the California Institute of Technology (1990-1993), he took his first faculty position at the University of Chicago. In 1994, he moved to the University of California, San Diego, where he is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Traylor Scholar in Organic Chemistry. His research interests are diverse and include chemistry and biology of nucleic acids, the discovery of novel antiviral and antibacterial agents, as well as the development of cellular delivery agents and fluorescent probes. He is currently the Editor in Chief of Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry ( and Organic Chemistry Insights ( Away from chemistry, his interests are predominantly in music, playing, recording and producing his own instrumental CDs.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Physics