Octahedral tris-chelate complexes [M II(bpy) 3] 2+ (M = Ru or Os, bpy = 2,2′-bipyridyl), covalently attached to the 3′- and 5′phosphates of two oligonucleotides, are juxtaposed when hybridized contiguously to a fully complementary DMA target. Visible metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) excitation of the [Ru II(bpy) 3] 2+ unit leads to resonance energy transfer to the MLCT state of the [Os II(bpy) 3] 2+ moiety, with the energy transfer efficiency depending on the degree of hybridization. The extent of attenuation of the intense red luminescence from the Ru II chromophore hence allows highly sensitive structural probing of the assembly and constitutes a novel approach to DNA sensing which is capable of detecting mutations. © 2005 American Chemical Society.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Inorganic Chemistry: including bioinorganic chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Jun 2005|