Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Maged M. Henary


The synthetic methodology of tri- and pentamethine carbocyanines and their interactions with biomolecules will be discussed in two chapters. The first chapter describes the preparation of halogenated carbocyanine dyes that display multiple charges; furthermore, these particular compounds were examined for their ability to bind G-quadruplex DNA with selectivity over duplex DNA and have potential for developing novel chemotherapeutic agents. The second section discusses the synthetic methods utilized to prepare trimethine cyanine fluorophores. This chapter will show how varying the N-indolenyl substituients’ hydrophobicity from ethyl to phenylpropyl influences the binding to Human Serum Albumin (HSA); additionally, alternating the terminal heterocyclic moieties of the cyanine dye has a direct quantitative effect on the biomolecular interaction. These identical compounds were recognized to be structurally analogous to agents that commonly interact with Protein Arginine Methyl Transferase (PRMT) and these compounds display low IC50 values toward inhibition of PRMT1 with unique NIR imaging properties.