Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 33325973
Link to DOI – 10.1039/d0ob01908a
Org Biomol Chem 2021 01; 19(2): 379-386
Dynamic combinatorial libraries of acylhydrazones were prepared from diacylhydrazides and several cationic or neutral aldehydes in the presence of 5-methoxyanthranilic acid catalyst. Pull-down experiments with magnetic beads functionalized with a G-quadruplex (G4)-forming oligonucleotide led to the identification of putative ligands, which were resynthesized or emulated by close structural analogues. G4-binding properties of novel derivatives were assessed by fluorimetric titrations, mass spectrometry and thermal denaturation experiments, giving evidence of strong binding (Kd < 10 nM) for two compounds.