The interaction of cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) (cis-DDP) and the potential novel chemotherapeutic agent, cis-bis(3-aminoflavone)dichloroplatinum(II) (cis-BAFDP) was studied electrochemically with calf thymus double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) by using differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) with disposable pencil graphite electrode (PGE) at the surface. These studies were prompted by beneficial biological properties of cis-BAFDP in comparison with cis-DDP, which were proven in vitro both in human normal and cancer cells and in vivo. The changes in the experimental parameters such as the concentration of cis-DDP and cis-BAFDP were studied by using DPV; in addition, the reproducibility of this genosensor and the detection limit for each compound were determined. After the interaction of cis-DDP with dsDNA, the DPV signal of guanine and adenine was found to be decreasing. In comparison with cis-DDP, a dramatic decrease at adenine signal was also obtained after the interaction of cis-BAFDP and dsDNA. Similar results were also found in solution phase after the latter compound interacts with poly[A]. The features of the proposed electrochemical method for the detection of cis-BAFDP with DNA in comparison with cis-DDP are discussed and compared with those methods previously reported for the other type of DNA-targeted agents in the literature. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.