Two of earlier reported dsDNA sensitive cyanine dyes-monomethine Cyan 40 and meso-substituted trimethine Cyan 2 were studied for their ability to interact with non-canonical DNA conformations. These dyes were characterized by spectral-luminescent methods in the presence of G-quadruplex, triplex and dsDNA motifs. We have demonstrated that Cyan 2 binds strongly and preferentially to triple- and quadruple-stranded DNA forms that results in a strong enhancement of the dye fluorescence, as compared to dsDNA, while Cyan 40 form fluorescent complexes preferentially only with the triplex form. Highly fluorescent complexes of Cyan 2 with DNA triplexes and G-quadruplexes and Cyan 40 with DNA triplexes are very stable and do not dissociate during gel electrophoresis, leading to preferential staining of the above DNA forms in gels. The data presented point to the intercalation mechanism of the Cyan 2 binding to G4-DNA, while the complexes of Cyan 40 and Cyan 2 with triplex DNA are believed to be formed via groove binding mode. The Cyan dyes can provide a highly sensitive method for detection and quantification of non-canonical structures in genome.
- Cyanine dyes
- Non-canonical DNA