Binding configurations and equilibria of intercalation complexes formed by the novel anthracycline drug, 2-fluoro-4-demethoxydaunomycin (2FD), with the decanucleotides d(G-C)5 and d(A-T)5 have been studied by 19F-NMR spectroscopy. The 19F chemical shift of 2FD bound to d(A-T)5 was approximately 1.5 ppm downfield of that observed for 2FD bound to d(G-C)5. By mixing equimolar amounts of aqueous d(G-C)5, d(A-T)5 and 2FD, the distribution of drug between the nucleotides was followed by observing relative peak intensities and showed no G-C or A-T binding preference at room temperature. It was shown that each decanucleotide duplex bound three 2FD molecules, giving a neighbour exclusion parameter, n, of n = 3 for this drug. The stoichiometric complexes, which we denote by [d(A-T)5][2FD]3 and [d(G-C)5][2FD]3, were also purified and isolated in this study.