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Parallel-stranded (ps) DNAs with mixed AT/GC content comprising G.C pairs in a varying sequence context have been investigated. Oligonucleotides were devised consisting of two 10-nt strands complementary either in a parallel or in an antiparallel orientation and joined via nonnucleotide linkers so as to form 10-bp ps or aps hairpins. A predominance of(More)
The ability of oligonucleotides 3'-d(GT)5pO(CH2)6Opd(GT)5-5' (anti[d(GT)]) and 3'-d(GT)5pO(CH2)6Opd(GT)5-3' (par[par[d(GT)]) to form tertiary structures has been studied. Circular dichroism (CD) as well as the fluorescence of the ethidium bromide (EtBr) complexes with oligonucleotides and hydrodynamic volume measurements in solutions containing 0.01 M(More)
Oligonucleotide-directed triplex formation attracts much attention due to its potential usefulness in diagnostic and biotechnological applications. Among other aspects, the research embraces numerous studies probing the influence of intercalating ligands on triplex stability. The effect of the intercalator on triplex formation and stability is known to(More)
Several cellular processes involve alignment of three nucleic acids strands, in which the third strand (DNA or RNA) is identical and in a parallel orientation to one of the DNA duplex strands. Earlier, using 2-aminopurine as a fluorescent reporter base, we demonstrated that a self-folding oligonucleotide forms a recombination-like structure consistent with(More)
Oligonucleotides 3'-d(GTGTGTGTGG)-L-d(GGTGTGTGTG)-3' (hp-GT) and 3'-d(G4STG4TG4STG4STGG)-L-d(GGTGTGTGTG)-3' (hp-SGT), (L=(CH2CH2O)3), were shown by use of several optical techniques to form a novel parallel-stranded (ps) intramolecular double helix with purine-purine and pyrimidine-pyrimidine base pairing. The rotational relaxation time of hp-GT was similar(More)
EcoRII DNA methyltransferase (M.EcoRII) recognizes the 5' em leader CC*T/AGG em leader 3' DNA sequence and catalyzes the transfer of the methyl group from S-adenosyl-l-methionine to the C5 position of the inner cytosine residue (C*). Here, we study the mechanism of inhibition of M.EcoRII by DNA containing 2-pyrimidinone, a cytosine analogue lacking an NH(2)(More)
Oligonucleotides 3'-d(GT)(5)-(CH(2)CH(2)O)(3)-d(GT)(5)-3' (parGT), containing GT repeats present in the telomeric DNA from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, had been demonstrated to form bimolecular structure, GT-quadruplex (qGT) [O. F. Borisova et al. FEBS Letters 306, 140-142 (1992)]. Four d(GT)(5) strands of the GT-quadruplex are parallel and form five(More)
Oligonucleotides with mixed alpha,beta-anomeric backbone have been proposed recently for the recognition of random DNA sequence via new triplex motif (Doronina and Behr, Chem. Soc. Reviews 26, 63-71 (1997)). In the present work we examined alpha- and beta- anomers of cytidine as possible candidates to recognize AT and TA base pairs of the double stranded(More)
The formation of Antiparallel-Parallel-Combination (APC) DNA, a liner duplex with a segment of parallel-stranded (ps) helix flanked by conventional B-DNA, was tested with a number of synthetic oligonucleotides. The groove-binding ligand distamycin A (DstA) was used to stabilize the ps segment comprising five A x T base pairs. Two drug molecules bound per(More)
A series of DNA aptamers bearing triazole internucleotide linkages that bind to thrombin was synthesized. The novel aptamers are structurally analogous to the well-known thrombin-inhibiting G-quadruplexes TBA15 and TBA31. The secondary structure stability, binding affinity for thrombin and anticoagulant effects of the triazole-modified aptamers were(More)