DNA Electrochemistry through the Base Pairs Not the Sugar−Phosphate Backbone
Using intercalated, covalently bound daunomycin as a redox probe, ground state charge transport in DNA films with a perturbation in base pair stacking was examined in comparison with breaks in the sugar−phosphate backbone. While the introduction of one or even two nicks in the sugar−phosphate backbone yields no detectable effect on electron transfer, a CA mismatch significantly attenuates the electron transfer yield. These results confirm that the base pair stack is the pathway for DNA-mediated charge transfer, not the sugar−phosphate backbone.
© 2005 American Chemical Society. Received May 9, 2005. Publication Date (Web): July 1, 2005. We are grateful to NIH (GM61077).