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Evaluation of the interactions of selected ligands with (3+1) G-quadruplex sequence within PARP1 gene promoter region
* 1, 2 , 3 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 6 , 7 , 3
1  Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DEFENS), University of Milan (Università degli Studi di Milano)
2  Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Escola de Ciências e Tecnologias da Saúde, Campo Grande 376, 1749-024 Lisboa
3  University of Milan, Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DEFENS), Via G. Celoria 2, 20133 Milan, Italy
4  Scientia Advice di Roberto Artali, 20832 Desio, Milan, Italy
5  Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Escola de Ciências e Tecnologias da Saúde, Campo Grande 376, 1749-024 Lisboa, Portugal
6  Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC), CSIC, Networking Center on Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN), c/ Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
7  University of Barcelona, Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Chemistry, Martí i Franquès, 1-11, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Academic Editor: Alfredo Berzal-Herranz

Published: 01 November 2022 by MDPI in 8th International Electronic Conference on Medicinal Chemistry session General (registering DOI)

PARP1 is a nuclear enzyme involved in DNA repair processes. Since its inhibition causes sensitization to DNA damaging chemotherapy (by the so-called “synthetic lethality”), several inhibitors have been recently developed and exploited for clinical use. However, the emergence of resistance to PARP1 inhibitors increased the interest towards alternative approaches able to interfere with PARP1 activity. In particular, within the promoter region of PARP1 a characteristic, non-canonical (3+1) G-quadruplex-forming sequence was identified. A strong correlation between G-quadruplex stabilization in gene promoters and transcriptional regulations has been proposed for several oncogenes. Since no PARP promoter modulators have been described so far, the interaction with a small collection of G-quadruplex binders was investigated, taking into account the particular hybrid topology of PARP1 G-quadruplex. Six structurally diverse compounds, extensively studied and known for showing great affinity towards canonical G-quadruplex, were selected, and NMR, CD, and fluorescence titration studies were carried out. The results from the physico-chemical analyses, confirmed by molecular modelling, showed that only one of the tested compounds showed strong stabilization of the nucleotide, demonstrating that the structural requirements for an optimal interaction between each of the ligands and the peculiar hybrid G-quadruplex region are quite strict. Overall, the studied compounds can be considered as a starting point for the identification of the key features necessary for a selective interaction with the PARP1 promoter G-quadruplex.

Keywords: G-quadruplex; PARP; hybrid; ligand; interaction; stabilization