From a chemical point of view, the essence of nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) is the salts or complexes of metal ions. Because of its polyanionic nature, nucleic acid cannot exist if it is not closely associated with cations, it is impossible to separate the behavior of DNA and RNA from the metal ions that bind to it. Metal-nucleic acid interactions usually involve the biochemical properties of nucleotides, the storage and transfer of genetic information, the control of gene expression, and mediate nucleic acid-protein interactions, but they may also cause some major conformational changes. They can induce nucleic acid bending and structural transformation, and induce chemical modification and cleavage, even mutagenesis and carcinogenesis. In addition to their structural functions, the coordination metal ions are often closely related to the catalytic function of ribozymes.
At present, the technologies used to study nucleic acid have made great progress, which has led to the rapid growth of interest in the field of metal-nucleic acid interaction in the scientific community. In order to further understand the structure and function of nucleic acids, it is necessary to discuss in detail the structure, thermodynamic and dynamic properties of these biological macromolecules and the metal ions that interact with them.
Fig 1. Crystal structures reveal details of ion-nucleic acid interactions (Lipfert, J.; et al. 2014)
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Creative Proteomics has been focusing on studying the interaction between metal ions and nucleic acids for more than ten years, our biology and chemistry experts have rich experience in this field. With our help, customers can explore the relationship between metal ions and nucleic acids in many ways, and analyze their biological and medical functions in a deeper level. We are honored to be your competent research assistant.