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pH-Independent triplex formation: hairpin DNA containing isoguanine or 9-deaza-9-propynylguanine in place of protonated cytosine.

Org Biomol Chem. 2006 Nov 7;4(21):3993-4004

Authors: Seela F, Shaikh KI

Triplex-forming oligonucleotides (TFOs) containing 2'-deoxyisoguanosine (2), 7-bromo-7-deaza-2'-deoxyisoguanosine (2) as well as the propynylated 9-deazaguanine N7-(2'-deoxyribonucleoside) were prepared. For this the phosphoramidites 9a, b of the nucleoside 1 and, the phosphoramidites 19, 20 of compound 3b were synthesized. They were employed in solid-phase oligonucleotide synthesis to yield the protected 31-mer oligonucleotides. The deblocking of the allyl-protected oligonucleotides containing 1 was carried out by Pd(0)[PPh3]4-PPh3 followed by 25% aq. NH3. Formation of the 31-mer single-stranded intramolecular triplexes was studied by UV-melting curve analysis. In the single-stranded 31-mer oligonucleotides the protonated dC in the dCH(+)-dG-dC base triad was replaced by 2'-deoxyisoguanosine (1), 7-bromo-7-deaza-2'-deoxyisoguanosine (2) and, 9-deaza-9-propynylguanine N7-(2'-deoxyribonucleoside) (3b). The replacement of protonated dC by compounds 1 and 3b resulted in intramolecular triplexes which are formed pH-independently and are stable under neutral conditions. These triplexes contain "purine" nucleosides in the third pyrimidine rich strand of the oligonucleotide hairpin.

PMID: 17047881 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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