Formation of a stable triplex incorporating a CG interrupting site by a new WNA derivative containing 3-aminopyrazole as a nucleobase.

Yuko Uchida, Yosuke Taniguchi, Eriko Aoki, Mieko Togo, Shigeki Sasaki

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Triplex-forming oligonucleotides (TFOs) bind within the major groove of duplex DNA in a sequence-specific manner, and have attracted much interest as genomic tools. However, as the triplex DNA is formed by the interaction between the TFOs and homopurine/homopyrimidine sequences of the target duplex DNA, the stable triplex formation is prevented by one pyrimidine base in the homopurine strand. Previously, we developed the nucleoside analogues (WNA: W-shaped nucleoside analogues) that furnish an aromatic ring as a stacking part and a nucleobase as a recognition part onto the bicyclic skeleton. Selective recognition of a TA and a CG interrupting site has been achieved by WNA-beta T and WNA-beta C, respectively. In the subsequent study, it was found that the triplex formation by the WNA analogues depend on its neighbouring bases within the TFO. In this paper, we describe the synthesis and the evaluation of the triplex forming ability of WNA-beta 3AP, having 3-aminopyrazole (3AP) as a nucleobase. It is remarkable that the TFO containing the WNA-beta 3AP recognizes the CG interrupting site with high selectivity in the TFO sequence of 3'-GZG-5', in which the previous WNA-beta C did not show the stabilizing effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-138
Number of pages2
JournalNucleic acids symposium series (2004)
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008


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