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Alkene–Tetrazine ligation for imaging cellular DNA


Rieder, U; Luedtke, Nathan W (2014). Alkene–Tetrazine ligation for imaging cellular DNA. Angewandte Chemie Internationale Edition, 53(35):9168-9172.

Abstract

5-Vinyl-2'-deoxyuridine (VdU) is the first reported metabolic probe for cellular DNA synthesis that can be visualized by using an inverse electron demand Diels-Alder reaction with a fluorescent tetrazine. VdU is incorporated by endogenous enzymes into the genomes of replicating cells, where it exhibits reduced genotoxicity compared to 5-ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridine (EdU). The VdU-tetrazine ligation reaction is rapid (k≈0.02 M(-1) s(-1)) and chemically orthogonal to the alkyne-azide "click" reaction of EdU-modified DNA. Alkene-tetrazine ligation reactions provide the first alternative to azide-alkyne click reactions for the bioorthogonal chemical labeling of nucleic acids in cells and facilitate time-resolved, multicolor labeling of DNA synthesis.

Abstract

5-Vinyl-2'-deoxyuridine (VdU) is the first reported metabolic probe for cellular DNA synthesis that can be visualized by using an inverse electron demand Diels-Alder reaction with a fluorescent tetrazine. VdU is incorporated by endogenous enzymes into the genomes of replicating cells, where it exhibits reduced genotoxicity compared to 5-ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridine (EdU). The VdU-tetrazine ligation reaction is rapid (k≈0.02 M(-1) s(-1)) and chemically orthogonal to the alkyne-azide "click" reaction of EdU-modified DNA. Alkene-tetrazine ligation reactions provide the first alternative to azide-alkyne click reactions for the bioorthogonal chemical labeling of nucleic acids in cells and facilitate time-resolved, multicolor labeling of DNA synthesis.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:17 Feb 2015 13:17
Last Modified:16 Dec 2016 11:37
Publisher:Wiley-VCH Verlag
ISSN:1433-7851
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201403580

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