Irina Afonina

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The tripeptide 1,2-dihydro-(3H)-pyrrolo[3,2-e]indole-7-carboxylate (CDPI3) binds to the minor groove of DNA with high affinity. When this minor groove binder (MGB) is conjugated to the 5'-end of short oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs), the conjugates form unusually stable hybrids with complementary DNA in which the tethered CDPI3group resides in the minor(More)
Probe and primer design for single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) detection can be very challenging for A-T DNA-rich targets, requiring long sequences with lower specificity and stability, while G-C-rich DNA targets present limited design options to lower GC-content sequences only. We have developed the MGB Eclipse Probe System, which is composed of the(More)
Guanine (G)-rich oligodeoxyribonucleotides (ODNs) can form undesired complexes by self association through non-Watson-Crick interactions. These aggregates can compromise performance of DNA probes and make genetic analysis unpredictable. We found that the 8-aza-7-deazaguanine (PPG), a pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine analog, reduces guanine self association of(More)
We compare two techniques which enable selective, nucleotide-specific covalent modification of human genomic DNA, as assayed by quantitative ligation- mediated PCR. In the first, a purine motif triplex-forming oligonucleotide with a terminally appended chlorambucil was shown to label a target guanine residue adjacent to its binding site in 80% efficiency at(More)
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