Hairpin pyrrole-imidazole (Py-Im) polyamides are a class of cell-permeable DNA-binding small molecules that can disrupt transcription factor-DNA binding and regulate endogenous gene expression. The covalent linkage of antiparallel Py-Im ring pairs with an γ-amino acid turn unit affords the classical hairpin Py-Im polyamide structure. Closing the hairpin with a second turn unit yields a cyclic polyamide, a lesser-studied architecture mainly attributable to synthetic Inaccessibility. We have applied our methodology for solution-phase polyamide synthesis to cyclic polyamides with an Improved high-yield cyclization step. Cyclic 8-ring Py-Im polyamides 1-3 target the DNA sequence 5′-WGWWCW-3′, which corresponds to the androgen response element (ARE) bound by the androgen receptor transcription factor to modulate gene expression. We find that cyclic Py-Im polyamides 1-3 bind DNA with exceptionally high affinities and regulate the expression of AR target genes In cell culture studies, from which we Infer that the cycle Is cell permeable.