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The development of metal base pairs is of immense importance for the construction of DNA nanostructures. Here we report the synthesis of a biaryl pyrazole-phenol nucleoside that forms in DNA a stable self-pair upon complexation of a Cu(II) ion. A sequence with five consecutive pyrazole nucleotides allows the complexation of five Cu(II) ions in a row.
Real-time enzymatic studies are gaining importance as their chemical and technical instrumentation improves. Here we report the efficient synthesis of γ-alkyne modified triphosphate amidates that are converted into a variety of γ-fluorophore labeled triphosphates by Cu(I) catalyzed alkyne/azide click reactions. The synthesized triphosphates are incorporated… (More)
A deeper investigation of the chemistry that occurs on the newly discovered epigenetic DNA bases 5-hydroxymethyl-(hmdC), 5-formyl-(fdC), and 5-carboxy-deoxycytidine (cadC) requires chemical tool compounds, which are able to dissect the different potential reaction pathways in cells. Here we report that the 2'-(R)-fluorinated derivatives F-hmdC, F-fdC, and… (More)
We report the development of a new heterobase that is held together through reversible bonding. The so-formed cross-link adds strong stabilization to the DNA duplex. Despite this, the cross-link opens and closes through reversible imine bonding. Moreover, even enzymatic incorporation of the cross-link is possible. The new principle can be used to stabilize… (More)