Efficient quenching of oligomeric fluorophores on a DNA backbone

James N. Wilson, Nah Teo Yin, Eric T. Kool

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The quenching properties of a series of oligodeoxyribosides bearing fluorophore "bases" are described. Sequences of adjacent, π-stacked pyrenes exhibit stronger electronic interactions visible in both absorbance and emission spectra than pyrenes that are insulated by intervening adenines. Quenching by N,N-dimethyl-4,4′-bipyridinium dichloride is efficient for excimer- and exciplex-forming oligomers, with Stern-Volmer constants comparable to conjugated polymer "superquenching" schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15426-15427
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number50
StatePublished - Dec 19 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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