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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(7), 1951;

Platinum Complexes Can Bind to Telomeres by Coordination

INSERM UMR-S 1007, Cellular Homeostasis and Cancer, 75006 Paris, France
Paris Descartes University, Paris Sorbonne Cité, 75006 Paris, France
Paris Sud University, Paris-Saclay University, 91405 Orsay, France
Laboratoire de Toxicologie-Biologique, Hôpital Lariboisière, 2 rue Ambroise Paré, 75475 Paris, France
Institut Curie-Recherche, Bât. 112, Centre Universitaire, 91405 Orsay, France
CNRS UMR918, Centre Universitaire, 91405 Orsay, France
INSERM U1196, Centre Universitaire, 91405 Orsay, France
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Received: 17 May 2018 / Revised: 27 June 2018 / Accepted: 29 June 2018 / Published: 3 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Platinum-Based Anti-Tumor Drugs)
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It is suggested that several compounds, including G-quadruplex ligands, can target telomeres, inducing their uncapping and, ultimately, cell death. However, it has never been demonstrated whether such ligands can bind directly and quantitatively to telomeres. Here, we employed the property of platinum and platinum-G-quadruplex complexes to target G-rich sequences to investigate and quantify their covalent binding to telomeres. Using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, surprisingly, we found that, in cellulo, in the presence of cisplatin, a di-functional platinum complex, telomeric DNA was platinated 13-times less than genomic DNA in cellulo, as compared to in vitro data. On the contrary, the amount of mono-functional platinum complexes (Pt-ttpy and Pt-tpy) bound either to telomeric or to genomic DNA was similar and occurred in a G-quadruplex independent-manner. Importantly, the quantification revealed that the low level of cisplatin bound to telomeric DNA could not be the direct physical cause of TRF2 displacement from telomeres. Altogether, our data suggest that platinum complexes can affect telomeres both directly and indirectly. View Full-Text
Keywords: telomeres; platinum complexes; cisplatin; G-quadruplex; TRF2 telomeres; platinum complexes; cisplatin; G-quadruplex; TRF2

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Saker, L.; Ali, S.; Masserot, C.; Kellermann, G.; Poupon, J.; Teulade-Fichou, M.-P.; Ségal-Bendirdjian, E.; Bombard, S. Platinum Complexes Can Bind to Telomeres by Coordination. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 1951.

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