Flipping a G-tetrad in a unimolecular quadruplex without affecting its global fold.

Abstract

A unimolecular G-quadruplex with a hybrid-type topology and propeller, diagonal, and lateral loops was examined for its ability to undergo structural changes upon specific modifications. Substituting 2'-deoxy-2'-fluoro analogues with a propensity to adopt an anti glycosidic conformation for two or three guanine deoxyribonucleosides in syn positions of the 5'-terminal G-tetrad significantly alters the CD spectral signature of the quadruplex. An NMR analysis reveals a polarity switch of the whole tetrad with glycosidic conformational changes detected for all four guanine nucleosides in the modified sequence. As no additional rearrangement of the overall fold occurs, a novel type of G-quadruplex is formed with guanosines in the four columnar G-tracts lined up in either an all-syn or an all-anti glycosidic conformation.

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201411887

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@article{Dickerhoff2015FlippingAG, title={Flipping a G-tetrad in a unimolecular quadruplex without affecting its global fold.}, author={Jonathan Dickerhoff and Klaus Weisz}, journal={Angewandte Chemie}, year={2015}, volume={54 19}, pages={5588-91} }