Chemical functionalization of oligodeoxynucleotides with multiple boronic acids for the polyvalent binding of saccharides.


Journal Article

A novel saccharide host containing four boronic acid recognition units on a single DNA duplex terminus was constructed. This construct allowed boronic acid sugar recognition in the context of double-stranded DNA to be established while highlighting the benefits of multivalency. Following the solid-phase synthesis of a bis-boronic acid tag, two end-functionalized oligonucleotides with complementary sequences were functionalized through amide ligation. By annealing the boronic acid-DNA conjugates, a tetra-boronic acid DNA duplex was assembled. The saccharide binding ability of this tetra-boronic acid host was revealed through cellulose paper chromatography in the absence and presence of various saccharides. While no appreciable saccharide binding was seen in the case of a bis-boronic DNA conjugate, the increased migration of the tetra-boronic acid host relative to the control sequences in the presence of selected monosaccharides underscored the importance of multivalent effects. We thus identified a requirement for multiple recognition sites in these conjugate systems and expect the results to facilitate future efforts toward applying synthetic recognition systems to the realm of macromolecules.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hargrove, AE; Ellington, AD; Anslyn, EV; Sessler, JL

Published Date

  • March 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 388 - 396

PubMed ID

  • 21299200

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21299200

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-4812

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1043-1802

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/bc100376x


  • eng