Bridging one helical turn in double-stranded DNA by templated dimerization of molecular rods

Casper S. Andersen, Hao Yan, Kurt V. Gothelf

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(Figure Presented) A molecular bridge: A molecular rod composed of a substituted oligo(phenylene ethynylene) backbone with salicylaldehyde moieties in the terminal positions was conjugated to short 10-base-pair DNA sequences (shown in red). The assembly of two such conjugates on a DNA template (blue) aligns the two molecules for reaction in the presence of ethylenediamine and a metal salt to form a metal-salen complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5569-5572
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number30
StatePublished - Jul 14 2008



  • DNA
  • Metal-salen complexes
  • Molecular electronics
  • Nanostructures
  • Self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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