Anna Aviñó

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Modified thrombin-binding aptamers carrying 2'-deoxyguanine (dG) residues with locked North- or South-bicyclo[3.1.0]hexane pseudosugars were synthesized. Individual 2'-deoxyguanosines at positions dG5, dG10, dG14 and dG15 of the aptamer were replaced by these analogues where the North/anti and South/syn conformational states were confined. It was found that(More)
A novel biosensing approach for the label-free detection of nucleic acid sequences of short and large lengths has been implemented, with special emphasis on targeting RNA sequences with secondary structures. The approach is based on selecting 8-aminoadenine-modified parallel-stranded DNA tail-clamps as affinity bioreceptors. These receptors have the ability(More)
The structure of parallel-stranded duplexes of DNA-containing a mixture of guanines (G) and adenines (A) is studied by means of molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, as well as NMR and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Results demonstrate that the structure is based on the Hoogsteen motif rather than on the reverse Watson-Crick one. Molecular dynamics(More)
The B-cell lymphoma-2 (bcl-2) gene contains a region that has been implicated in the regulation of bcl-2 gene expression. This region can form G-quadruplex structures in solution [J.X. Dai, T.S. Dexheimer, D. Chen, M. Carver, A. Ambrus, R.A. Jones, D.Z. Yang, An intramolecular G-quadruplex structure with mixed parallel/antiparallel G-strands formed in the(More)
Guanine-rich regions of DNA are sequences capable of forming G-quadruplex structures. The formation of a G-quadruplex structure in a region 140 base pairs (bp) upstream of the c-kit transcription initiation site was recently proposed (Fernando et al., Biochemistry, 2006, 45, 7854). In the present study, the acid-base equilibria and the thermally induced(More)
The 5'-end of the P1 promoter of the B-cell lymphoma-2 (bcl-2) gene contains a highly guaninecytosine-rich region, which has a role in the regulation of bcl-2 transcription. Whereas the guanine-rich region has been the focus of recent studies, little attention has been paid to the cytosine-rich strand. Here we examine the structural transitions of the(More)
INTRODUCTION The use of aptamers, antisense technology and RNA interference has allowed nucleic acids to be considered as promising alternatives to classical drugs. However, nucleic acids face several obstacles in the creation of effective nucleic acid drugs. The development of these approaches has strengthened the pipeline with an increasing number of(More)
Oligoribonucleotide conjugates carrying nuclear localization peptide sequences at the 3′-end were prepared stepwise on a single support. The siRNA duplex carrying the nuclear localization peptide sequence at the 3′-end of the passenger strand has similar inhibitory properties as those of unmodified or cholesterol-modified RNA duplexes.
Oligonucleotide-peptide conjugates 1-3 were prepared by sequential addition of the appropriate Boc-protected amino acids, followed by nucleoside phosphoramidites in the same support. These molecules are designed to be used for triplex formation and for the directed assembly of nanomaterials. The structures of the desired oligonucleotide-peptide conjugates(More)
A method for the preparation of oligomers by linking chromophore units is described. Specifically, the synthesis of chromophore units having a protected-hydroxyl group and a phosphoramidite function is described, along with a method to link several units using solid-phase phosphite-triester protocols.