Binding of sanguinarine to deoxyribonucleic acids of differing base composition

Biochem Pharmacol. 1985 Feb 1;34(3):321-4. doi: 10.1016/0006-2952(85)90038-3.


The binding of the alkaloid sanguinarine to natural DNAs of differing GC content has been studied by spectrophotometry and viscometry techniques. Binding parameters determined from spectrophotometric measurements by Scatchard analysis, according to an excluded-site model, indicate a very high specificity of sanguinarine binding to GC rich DNA. In the strong binding region, the increase of contour length of DNA depends strongly on its base composition, being larger with GC rich DNA than with AT rich DNA. It is concluded that the alkaloid binds preferentially to the GC pairs in DNA template.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alkaloids / analysis*
  • Base Composition
  • Benzophenanthridines
  • DNA / analysis*
  • DNA, Bacterial / analysis
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Isoquinolines
  • Kinetics
  • Mathematics
  • Sonication
  • Spectrophotometry, Ultraviolet
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Alkaloids
  • Benzophenanthridines
  • DNA, Bacterial
  • Isoquinolines
  • DNA
  • sanguinarine