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Solution structure of a DNA double helix with consecutive metal-mediated base pairs


Johannsen, S; Megger, N; Boehme, D; Sigel, Roland K O; Mueller, J (2010). Solution structure of a DNA double helix with consecutive metal-mediated base pairs. Nature Chemistry, 2(3):229-234.

Abstract

Metal-mediated base pairs represent a powerful tool for the site-specific functionlization of nucleic acids with metal ions. The development of applications of the metal-modified nucleic acids will depend on the availability of structural information on these double helices. We present here the NMR solution structure of a self-complementary DNA oligonucleotide with three consecutive imidazole nucleotides in its centre. In the absence of transition-metal ions, a hairpin structure is adopted with the artifical nucleotides forming the loop. In the presence of Ag(I) ions, a duplex comprising three imidazole-Ag+-imidazole base pairs is formed. Direct proof for the formation of metal-mediated base pairs was obtained from (1)J(N-15,Ag-107/109) couplings upon incorporation of N-15-labelled imidazole. The duplex adopts a B-type conformation with only minor deviations in the region of the artifical bases. This work represents the first structural characterization of a metal-modified nucleic acid with a continuous stretch of metal-mediated base pairs.

Abstract

Metal-mediated base pairs represent a powerful tool for the site-specific functionlization of nucleic acids with metal ions. The development of applications of the metal-modified nucleic acids will depend on the availability of structural information on these double helices. We present here the NMR solution structure of a self-complementary DNA oligonucleotide with three consecutive imidazole nucleotides in its centre. In the absence of transition-metal ions, a hairpin structure is adopted with the artifical nucleotides forming the loop. In the presence of Ag(I) ions, a duplex comprising three imidazole-Ag+-imidazole base pairs is formed. Direct proof for the formation of metal-mediated base pairs was obtained from (1)J(N-15,Ag-107/109) couplings upon incorporation of N-15-labelled imidazole. The duplex adopts a B-type conformation with only minor deviations in the region of the artifical bases. This work represents the first structural characterization of a metal-modified nucleic acid with a continuous stretch of metal-mediated base pairs.

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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:2010
Deposited On:23 Feb 2011 18:19
Last Modified:28 May 2017 05:19
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
ISSN:1755-4330
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1038/NCHEM.512
PubMed ID:21124482
Other Identification Number:ISI:000274648800021

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