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1 Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, SDU 2 NAC, Institut for Fysik og Kemi, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, SDU 3 Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, SDU
The synthesis of two new phosphoramidite building blocks for the incorporation of 5-(pyren-1-yl)uracilyl unlocked nucleic acid (UNA) monomers into oligonucleotides has been developed. Monomers containing a pyrene-modified nucleobase component were found to destabilize an i-motif structure at pH 5.2, both under molecular crowding and noncrowding conditions. The presence of the pyrene-modified UNA monomers in DNA strands led to decreases in the thermal stabilities of DNA/DNA and DNA/RNA duplexes, but these duplexes' thermal stabilities were better than those of duplexes containing unmodified UNA monomers. Pyrene-modified UNA monomers incorporated in bulges were able to stabilize DNA/DNA duplexes due to intercalation of the pyrene moiety into the duplexes. Steady-state fluorescence emission studies of oligonucleotides containing pyrene-modified UNA monomers revealed decreases in fluorescence intensities upon hybridization to DNA or RNA. Efficient quenching of fluorescence of pyrene-modified UNA monomers was observed after formation of i-motif structures at pH 5.2. The stabilizing/destabilizing effect of pyrene-modified nucleic acids might be useful for designing antisense oligonucleotides and hybridization probes. Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Chembiochem, 2014, Vol 15, Issue 1, p. 146-156
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