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Diene-modified nucleotides for the DielsAlder-mediated functional tagging of DNA

Borsenberger, V; Howorka, S; (2009) Diene-modified nucleotides for the DielsAlder-mediated functional tagging of DNA. Nucleic Acids Research , 37 (5) 1477 - 1485. 10.1093/nar/gkn1066. Green open access


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We explore the potential of the DielsAlder cycloaddition for the functional tagging of DNA strands. A deoxyuridine triphosphate derivative carrying a diene at position 5 of the pyrimidine base was synthesized using a two-step procedure. The derivative was efficiently accepted as substrate in enzymatic polymerization assays. Diene carrying strands underwent successful cycloaddition with maleimide-terminated fluorescence dyes and a polymeric reagent. Furthermore, a nucleotide carrying a peptide via a DielsAlder cyclohexene linkage was prepared and sequence-specifically incorporated into DNA. The DielsAlder reaction presents a number of positive attributes such as good chemoselectivity, water compatibility, high-yield under mild conditions and no additional reagents apart from a diene and a dienophile. Furthermore, suitable dienophiles are commercially available in the form of maleimide-derivatives of fluorescent dyes and bioaffinity tags. Based on these advantages, diene- and cyclohexene-based nucleotide triphosphates are expected to find wider use in the area of nucleic acid chemistry.

Type: Article
Title: Diene-modified nucleotides for the DielsAlder-mediated functional tagging of DNA
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkn1066
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkn1066
Language: English
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Keywords: Alder, oligonucleotides, 5'-triphosphates, cycloaddition, nucleosides, protein, acids
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/140970
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