Synthetic ligand promotes gene expression by affecting GC sequence in promoter

Saki Matsumoto, Kei Iida, Asako Murata, Masatsugu Denawa, Masatoshi Hagiwara, Kazuhiko Nakatani

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A naphthyridine carbamate tetramer (NCT8) is a synthetic compound, which selectively binds to nucleic acids containing CGG/CGG sequence. Although NCT8 is a promising compound for a wide range of DNA and RNA based biotechnology such as modulation of specific gene expression, little is known about its behavior in human cells. In the present study, we investigated the changes induced in gene expression by NCT8. Genes differentially expressed in the presence of NCT8 in HeLa cells were identified by whole-transcriptome analysis. The whole-transcriptome analysis showed that NCT8 significantly induced up-regulation of specific genes, whose promoter region has GC-rich sequence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3391-3394
Number of pages4
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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