C Ketterlé

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In an attempt to target short purine sequences in view of pharmacological application, we have synthesized three new TFO (triple-helix-forming oligonucleotide) conjugates in which an intercalating oxazolopyridocarbazole (OPC) chromophore is linked by a pentamethylene linker to a 7-mer oligonucleotide matching the polypurine/polypyrimidine sequence located(More)
We have analyzed and compared the molecular structures and dynamics of DNA duplexes containing a nick or a gap of one nucleotide where the base in front of the gap is a guanine. The continuous strand has the sequence 5'(CAGAGTCXCTGGCTC) where the residue X is absent for the nick, 14-mer, and where it is a G residue for the gap. Duplexes were formed with the(More)
We have studied the binding of the hybrid netropsin-flavin (Net-Fla) molecule onto four sequences containing four A. T base pairs. Molecular mechanics minimizations in vacuo show numerous minimal conformations separated by one base pair. 400 ps molecular dynamics simulations in vacuo have been performed using the lowest minima as the starting conformations.(More)
We present here a database of 32 deoxyribonucleotide triplets, that can be used as building blocks of triple helix forming deoxyribonucleotides on a computer. This database is made of all the pairing schemes of the triplets ATT, GCC+, ATA and GCG where the third base forms two hydrogen bonds with the purine of the first two Watson-Crick strands. The(More)
In an attempt to obtain sequence specific DNA-cleaving molecules, we have synthesized a series of hybrid minor groove binders composed of a photoactiveable isoalloxazine (flavin) chromophore linked through a polymethylenic chain to a bis-pyrrolecarboxamide moiety related to netropsin. Like netropsin, the hybrid derivatives preferentially bind to A+T-rich(More)
We report NMR and molecular modelling studies on a DNA duplex structure which is composed of three oligonucleotides and mimics a strand break. Although it retains a B form conformation our model suggests that it is kinked at the strand break. In the same sequence with an extra bulged adenosine at the centre for the major species this residue is stacked in(More)
Triple helix formation by oligonucleotides can be extended beyond polypurine tracts with the help of specially designed linkers. In this paper we focus our attention on the integrase-binding site of the HIV-1 virus located on the U5 LTR end which contains two adjacent purine tracts on opposite strands. Two alternate triple helices with a 3'-3' junction in(More)
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