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Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry

Muthian Shanmugasundaram, Annamalai Senthilvelan, Anilkumar R Kore
This unit delineates a simple, reliable, straight-forward, general, and efficient chemical method for the synthesis of modified nucleoside-5'-O-triphosphates such as 5-methylcytidine-5'-O-triphosphate (5-Me-CTP), pseudouridine-5'-O-triphosphate (pseudo-UTP), and N(1) -methylpseudouridine-5'-O-triphosphate (N(1) -methylpseudo-UTP), starting from the corresponding nucleoside. The reaction utilizes an improved protection-free "one-pot, three-step" Ludwig synthetic strategy that involves the monophosphorylation of the nucleoside with phosphorous oxychloride followed by reaction with tributylammonium pyrophosphate and subsequent hydrolysis of the resulting cyclic intermediate to furnish the corresponding ribonucleoside triphosphate (NTP) in moderate yields...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Jiali Yang, Lijia Yu, Liangliang Zhang, Xingsu Long, Yuzhuo Ji, Xinjing Tang
RNA-induced gene silencing has been widely applied as a powerful research tool in drug development due to its sequence-specific degradation of target mRNA. Conditional regulation of gene functions with small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) is highly useful, especially when specific gene expression regulation with spatiotemporal resolution and amplitude is desired. Here, the synthesis of a series of new caged siRNAs with vitamin E (vitE) modification and/or a single photolabile linker at the 5' terminal is described...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Xinhui Lou, Martin Egli, Xianbin Yang
Short single-stranded nucleic acids called aptamers are widely being explored as recognition molecules of high affinity and specificity for binding a wide range of target molecules, particularly protein targets. In biolayer interferometry (BLI), a simple Dip-and-Read approach in which the aptamer-coated biosensors are dipped into microplate wells is used to study the interactions between an aptamer and its target protein. Here we describe the protocol for the analysis of the interaction between a well-characterized anti-thrombin RNA aptamer with thrombin (Basic Protocol)...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
David H Mathews, Douglas H Turner, Richard M Watson
In this unit, protocols are provided for predicting RNA secondary structure with the user-friendly RNAstructure desktop computer program and the RNAstructure Web server. The minimum free energy structure and a set of suboptimal structures with similar free energies are predicted. Prediction of high-affinity oligonucleotide binding sites to a structured RNA target is also presented. © 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Marcel Hollenstein, Masad J Damha
Modified nucleoside triphosphates (dN*TPs) represent facile and versatile precursors for the introduction of chemical diversity into nucleic acids. While dN*TPs have been utilized in a plethora of practical applications, very little attention has been devoted to the assessment of their compatibility with isothermal amplification strategies. In this context, rolling circle amplification (RCA) is a wide-spread enzymatic replication method in which small single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) circles serve as templates in primer extension reactions yielding very long, ssDNA products...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Martin Egli
A detailed understanding of chemical and biological function and the mechanisms underlying the molecular activities ultimately requires atomic-resolution structural data. Diffraction-based techniques such as single-crystal X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, and neutron diffraction are well established and they have paved the road to the stunning successes of modern-day structural biology. The major advances achieved in the last twenty years in all aspects of structural research, including sample preparation, crystallization, the construction of synchrotron and spallation sources, phasing approaches, and high-speed computing and visualization, now provide specialists and nonspecialists alike with a steady flow of molecular images of unprecedented detail...
June 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Rémy Lartia
Synthesis of oligonucleotide ending with an aldehyde functional group at their 5'-end (5'-AON) is possible for both DNA (5'-AODN) and RNA (5'-AORN) series irrespectively of the nature of the last nucleobase. The 5'-alcohol of on-support ODN is mildly oxidized under Moffat conditions. Transient protection of the resulting aldehyde by N,N'-diphenylethylenediamine derivatives allows cleavage, deprotection, and RP-HPLC purification of the protected 5'-AON. Finally, 5'-AON is deprotected by usual acetic acid treatment...
March 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Viktoras Masevičius, Milda Nainytė, Saulius Klimašauskas
S-Adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet) is a ubiquitous methyl donor for a variety of biological methylation reactions catalyzed by methyltransferases (MTases). AdoMet analogs with extended propargylic chains replacing the sulfonium-bound methyl group can serve as surrogate cofactors for many DNA and RNA MTases enabling covalent deposition of these linear chains to their cognate targets sites in DNA or RNA. Here we describe synthetic procedures for the preparation of two representative examples of AdoMet analogs with a transferable hex-2-ynyl group carrying a terminal azide or amine functionality...
March 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Jingshu Guo, Robert J Turesky
Humans are continuously exposed to hazardous chemicals in the environment. These chemicals or their electrophilic metabolites can form adducts with genomic DNA, which can lead to mutations and the initiation of cancer. The identification of DNA adducts is required for understanding exposure and the etiological role of a genotoxic chemical in cancer risk. The analytical chemist is confronted with a great challenge because the levels of DNA adducts generally occur at <1 adduct per 10(7) nucleotides, and the amount of tissue available for measurement is limited...
2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Derek K O'Flaherty, Christopher J Wilds
This unit describes the preparation O(6) -2'-deoxyguanosine-butylene-O(6) -2'-deoxyguanosine dimer phosphoramidites and precursors for incorporation of site-specific intrastrand cross-links (IaCL) into DNA oligonucleotides. Protected 2'-deoxyguanosine dimers are produced using the Mitsunobu reaction. IaCL DNA containing the intradimer phosphodiester are first chemically phosphorylated, followed by a ring-closing reaction using the condensing reagent 1-(2-mesitylenesulfonyl)-3-nitro-1H-1,2,4-triazole. Phosphoramidites are incorporated into oligonucleotides by solid-phase synthesis and standard deprotection and cleavage protocols are employed...
2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Xianbin Yang
The oligodeoxynucleotide phosphorodithioate modification (PS2-ODN) uses two sulfur atoms to replace two non-bridging oxygen atoms at an internucleotide phosphordiester backbone linkage. Like a natural phosphodiester ODN backbone linkage, a PS2-modified backbone linkage is achiral at phosphorus. PS2-ODNs are highly stable to nucleases and numerous in vitro assays have demonstrated their biological activity. For example, PS2-ODNs activated RNase H in vitro, strongly inhibited human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reverse transcriptase, induced B-cell proliferation and differentiation, and bound to protein targets in the form of PS2-aptamers (thioaptamers)...
2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Jianbing Liu, Zhen Xi
A facile and universal strategy to construct the poly linear small hairpin RNA (shRNA) expression cassettes with multiple shRNA transcription templates through polymerase chain reaction with flexible branched primers (branch-PCR) is described in this protocol. Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) is not stable enough for the study of RNA interference (RNAi) delivery in mammalian cells. Therefore, the more stable shRNA transcription template is employed to produce the endogenous transcribed dsRNA. Then, the covalent crosslinked linear shRNA expression cassettes are constructed through the branch-PCR for the long-lasting RNAi effect in this protocol...
2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Magdalena Petrová, Ivan Rosenberg
This unit contains detailed synthetic protocols for the preparation of 4'-methoxy 2'-deoxynucleoside phosphoramidite monomers for A, G, C, T, and U. First, 3'-silyl-protected 2'-deoxynucleosides (dNs) are converted in two steps to 4',5'-enol acetates as the key starting compounds. Next, 4'-methoxy dNs are prepared by a one-pot procedure comprising N-iodosuccinimide-promoted methoxylation, hydrolysis, and reduction of the formed intermediates. Finally, 3'-phosphoramidites of 4'-methoxy dNs are obtained by a routine three-step procedure...
2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Harsh V Jain, Serge L Beaucage
An innovative approach to the delivery of uncharged peptide nucleic acids (PNA) and phosphorodiamidate morpholino (PMO) oligomers in mammalian cells is described and consists of extending the sequence of those oligomers with a short PNA-polyA or PMO-polyA tail. Recognition of the polyA-tailed PNA or PMO oligomers by an amphipathic trans-acting polythymidylic thiophosphate triester element (dTtaPS) results in efficient internalization of those oligomers in several cell lines. Our findings indicate that cellular uptake of the oligomers occurs through an energy-dependent mechanism and macropinocytosis appears to be the predo-minant endocytic pathway used for internalization...
2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Hiroto Fujita, Masayasu Kuwahara
Nucleic acid aptamers for small molecules are currently being developed and have a potential role in diverse applications including biosensing, diagnostics, and therapeutics involving low-molecular-weight biomarkers and drugs. To enhance and broaden their functions through chemical modification, systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (SELEX) selection has been attempted with modified DNA/RNA libraries. Recently, we demonstrated the superior efficacy of base modification for affinity enhancement and the usefulness of unnatural nucleic acid libraries for development of small-molecule aptamers...
2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Yan Su, F Peter Guengerich
Pre-steady-state kinetic analysis is a powerful and widely used method to obtain multiple kinetic parameters. This protocol provides a step-by-step procedure for pre-steady-state kinetic analysis of single-nucleotide incorporation by a DNA polymerase. It describes the experimental details of DNA substrate annealing, reaction mixture preparation, handling of the RQF-3 rapid quench-flow instrument, denaturing polyacrylamide DNA gel preparation, electrophoresis, quantitation, and data analysis. The core and unique part of this protocol is the rationale for preparation of the reaction mixture (the ratio of the polymerase to the DNA substrate) and methods for conducting pre-steady-state assays on an RQF-3 rapid quench-flow instrument, as well as data interpretation after analysis...
2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Jacqueline Gamboa Varela, Kent S Gates
The protocol describes the preparation and purification of interstrand DNA-DNA cross-links derived from the reaction of an N(4) -aminocytidine residue with an abasic site in duplex DNA. The procedures employ inexpensive, commercially available chemicals and enzymes to carry out post-synthetic modification of commercially available oligodeoxynucleotides. The yield of cross-linked duplex is typically better than 90%. If purification is required, the cross-linked duplex can be readily separated from single-stranded DNA starting materials by denaturing gel electrophoresis...
2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Vijay Gayakhe, Ajaykumar V Ardhapure, Anant R Kapdi, Yogesh S Sanghvi, Jose Luis Serrano, Carola Schulzke
The synthesis of a highly efficient, water soluble [Pd(Sacc)2 (TPA)2 ] complex for C-C bond formation is described. Additionally, application of the [Pd(Sacc)2 (TPA)2 ] complex for Suzuki-Miyaura arylation of all four nucleosides (5-iodo-2'-deoxyuridine [5-IdU], 5-iodo-2'-deoxycytidine [5-IdC], 8-bromo-2'-deoxyadenosine, and 8-bromo-2'-deoxyguanosine) with various aryl/heteroaryl boronic acids in plain water under milder conditions is demonstrated. © 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Lijing Fang, Zhengyin Pan, Paul M Cullis, Glenn A Burley, Wu Su
In this unit, the fully automated solid-phase synthetic strategy of hairpin Py-Im polyamides is described using triphosgene (BTC) as a coupling agent. This automated methodology is compatible with all the typical building blocks, enabling the facile synthesis of polyamide libraries in 9% to 20% yield in 3 days.
December 1, 2015: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Steven M Pauff, Andrew J Fallows, Simon P Mackay, Wu Su, Paul M Cullis, Glenn A Burley
Pyrrole-imidazole polyamides (PAs) are a family of DNA-binding peptides that bind in the minor groove of double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) in a sequence-selective, programmable fashion. This protocol describes a detailed manual procedure for the solid-phase synthesis of this family of compounds. The protocol entails solution-phase synthesis of the Boc-protected pyrrole (Py) and imidazole (Im) carboxylic acid building blocks. This unit also describes the importance of choosing the appropriate condensing agent to form the amide linkages between each building block...
December 1, 2015: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
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