Stereoselective nucleoside deuteration for NMR studies of DNA.

A procedure has been elaborated for stereoselective deuterium substitution of one of the diastereotopic 5'-protons in 2'-deoxynucleotides. The synthetic scheme uses the reduction of the 5-oxosugar derivative with deuterated Alpine-Borane. The resulting deuterosugar is converted into pyrimidine nucleosides and incorporated into DNA using standard protocols… CONTINUE READING