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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)



First Advisor

Patrick R. Jones

First Committee Member

Celestia Pryor

Second Committee Member

Jeffrey McAninch

Third Committee Member

Jim Blankenship


A pyridine-containing Schiff base complex, 2, 12-dimethyl-3,7, 11 ,17- tetraazabicyclo( 11.3 .1 )-heptadeca-1 ( 17),2, 11 ,13, 15-pentaene, was chosen as the complex in this study based on previous studies that showed it to be the most active complex among a series of square planar nickel complexes in promoting DNA oxidation. This complex was synthesized and its structure was proven by electrospray mass spectroscopy, H-NMR, and elemental analysis. The H-NMR data also demonstrated that this complex has two vacant coordination sites in the distorted octahedral form in aqueous solution.

Histone and bovine serum albumin which are typical proteins in eukaryote animals were chosen as the target materials when I studied whether this nickel complex could bind to proteins in the body. Nickel complex was labeled with Ni63 during the dialysis, and counted by a liquid scintillation counter.



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