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The parallel (recombination) 'R-triplex' can accommodate any nucleotide sequence with the two identical DNA strands in parallel orientation. We have studied oligonucleotides able to fold back into such a recombination-like structure. We show that the fluorescent base analogs 2-aminopurine (2AP) and 6-methylisoxanthopterin (6MI) can be used as structural(More)
The thrombin-binding aptamer d(GGTTGGTGTGGTTGG) (TBA) is an efficient tool for the inhibition of thrombin function. We have studied conformations and thermodynamic stability of a number of modified TBA oligonucleotides containing thiophosphoryl substitution at different internucleotide sites. Using circular dichroism such modifications were found not 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)
A 14 nt DNA sequence 5'-AGAATGTGGCAAAG-3' from the zinc finger repeat of the human KRAB zinc finger protein gene ZNF91 bearing the intercalator 2-methoxy,6-chloro,9-amino acridine (Acr) attached to the sugar-phosphate backbone in various positions has been shown to form a specific triple helix (triplex) with a 16 bp hairpin (intramolecular) or a(More)
Intramolecular triple helices have been obtained by folding back twice oligonucleotides formed by decamers bound by non-nucleotide linkers: dA10-linker-dA10-linker-dT10 and dA10-linker-dT10-linker-dA10. We have thus prepared two triple helices with forced third strand orientation, respectively antiparallel (apA*A-T) and parallel (pA*A-T) with respect to the(More)
Cationic porphyrin-based compounds capable of interacting with DNA are currently under extensive investigation as prospective anticancer and anti-infective drugs. One of the approaches to enhancing the DNA-binding affinity of these ligands is chemical modification of functional groups of the porphyrin macrocycle. We analyzed the interaction with DNA of(More)
Linear heteroareneanthracenediones have been shown to interfere with DNA functions, thereby causing death of human tumor cells and their drug resistant counterparts. Here we report the interaction of our novel antiproliferative agent 4,11-bis[(2-{[acetimido]amino}ethyl)amino]anthra[2,3-b]thiophene-5,10-dione with telomeric DNA structures studied by(More)
Triplex-directed DNA recognition is strictly limited by polypurine sequences. In an attempt to address this problem with synthetic biology tools, we designed a panel of short chimeric α,β-triplex-forming oligonucleotides (TFOs) and studied their interaction with fluorescently labelled duplex hairpins using various techniques. The hybridization of hairpin(More)
Porphyrins are a chemical class that is widely used in drug design. Cationic porphyrins may bind to DNA guanine quadruplexes. We report the parameters of the binding of 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(N-carboxymethyl-4-pyridinium) porphyrin (P1) and 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(N-etoxycarbonylmethyl-4-pyridinium) porphyrin (P2) to antiparallel telomeric G-quadruplex formed by(More)
Alignment of three nucleic acids strands, in which the third strand is identical to one of the DNA duplex strands, occurs in various cellular systems. In the case of telomeric t-loops, recognition between the DNA duplex and the homologous single strand is likely to be mediated by proteins through formation of the transient recombination-type R-triplex.(More)