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Mass Spectrometry of Nucleic Acid Noncovalent Complexes

Published inChemical reviews, vol. 122, no. 8, no. Mass Spectrometry Applications in Structural Biology, p. 7720-7839
Publication date2022-04-27
First online date2021-09-30

Nucleic acids have been among the first targets for antitumor drugs and antibiotics. With the unveiling of new biological roles in regulation of gene expression, specific DNA and RNA structures have become very attractive targets, especially when the corresponding proteins are undruggable. Biophysical assays to assess target structure as well as ligand binding stoichiometry, affinity, specificity, and binding modes are part of the drug development process. Mass spectrometry offers unique advantages as a biophysical method owing to its ability to distinguish each stoichiometry present in a mixture. In addition, advanced mass spectrometry approaches (reactive probing, fragmentation techniques, ion mobility spectrometry, ion spectroscopy) provide more detailed information on the complexes. Here, we review the fundamentals of mass spectrometry and all its particularities when studying noncovalent nucleic acid structures, and then review what has been learned thanks to mass spectrometry on nucleic acid structures, self-assemblies (e.g., duplexes or G-quadruplexes), and their complexes with ligands.

  • G-Quadruplexes
  • Ligands
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods
  • Nucleic Acids / chemistry
  • Proteins / chemistry
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Electrospray Ionization / methods
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
  • European Commission - Advanced mass spectrometry approaches to reveal nucleic acid folding energy landscapes [616551]
  • European Commission - Folding Pathways of DNA G-quadruplexes in Crowding Conditions, and Implications for Mass Spectrometry-based Ligand Screening Assays [799695]
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LARGY, Eric et al. Mass Spectrometry of Nucleic Acid Noncovalent Complexes. In: Chemical reviews, 2022, vol. 122, n° 8, p. 7720–7839. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.1c00386
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