Visible-light-induced OH radicals in DNA-proflavine complexes: an e.p.r. and spin trapping study.Int J Radiat Biol Relat Stud Phys Chem Med. 1982 Aug; 42(2):151-61.IJ
Using the spin-trapping technique, irradiation with visible light of complexes between DNA and proflavine was shown to generate OH radicals. The characteristic spectra were not obtained when proflavine or DNA were irradiated alone, nor when oxygen was absent. Using DMPO as a spin trap we found that the intensity of the DMPO-OH e.p.r. signal was enhanced when the molar ratio between bound proflavine and the DNA phosphorus increased up to a value of 0.15 demonstrating the efficiency of the intercalated dye molecules. A strong decrease of the e.p.r. signal was observed in the presence of various OH. scavengers like t-butanol, isopropanol or sodium benzoate. The OH. production was also decreased when the irradiation was made in the presence of SOD, ceruloplasmin or catalase and after addition of Chelex 100 resin.