The binding modes of diminazene aceturate with c-MYC G-quadruplexes
Item TypeGraduate Thesis
AdvisorGwaltney, Steven R.
CommitteeMlsna, Debra A.
Emerson, Joseph P.
Embargo TypeVisible to MSU only for 1 Year
Embargo Lift Date2020-12-15
Interactions between DNA and ligands are important in the rational design of drugs and in research into DNA function. In particular, the interaction of DMZ with DNA structures named “G-quadruplexes” was considered. G-quadruplexes are structures present in telomeres and several oncogenes. The main purpose of this project was to provide a computational tool to study DNA ligand interactions using a variety of molecular modeling techniques that include molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulations (MD) and MM/PBSA (Molecular Mechanics/Poisson Boltzmann Surface Area). We investigated the binding modes and binding affinities of DMZ with c-MYC G-quadruplexes (G4s). We found that the conformation and structural design of the quadruplex can dramatically influence the binding profiles of the ligand. The binding free energies for each site were estimated by the MM/PBSA method. The binding of small molecules to DNA can result in the disruption of oncogene transcription, making it an effective anticancer strategy.