Structural characterization and biological evaluation of small interfering RNAs containing cyclohexenyl nucleosides.

Abstract

CeNA is an oligonucleotide where the (deoxy)ribose sugars have been replaced by cyclohexenyl moieties. We have determined the NMR structure of a CeNA:RNA duplex and have modeled this duplex in the crystal structure of a PIWI protein. An N puckering of the ribose nucleosides, a 2H3 conformation of the cyclohexenyl nucleosides, and an A-like helix… (More)

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