Base-boronated dinucleotides: synthesis and effect of N7-cyanoborane substitution on the base protons.
Boron-modified nucleic acids comprise a new set of DNA mimics that have potential biological and therapeutic applications. A series of nine dinucleotides containing N7-cyanoborane-2'-deoxyguanosine ((7b)dG) at the 3', 5' or both positions of the phosphodiester linkage have been synthesized using solution phase phosphoramidite chemistry. Fmoc was used as the 5'-protecting group because of incompatibility of the cyanoborane moiety with 5'-DMT cations generated during the deprotection step. The presence of the cyanoborane group was confirmed on the basis of Fab-MS and 1H NMR spectroscopy. The H-8 proton of (7b)dG in the dinucleotides shifted 0.35-0.80 p.p.m. downfield relative to that of unmodified dG. A comparison of the D20 exchange kinetics of the H-8 proton at 60 degrees C showed that H-8 of (7b)dG is very labile relative to unmodified dG, indicating that the N7-cyanoborane modification increases the acidity of the H-8 proton of (7b)dG. These studies illustrate the feasibility of synthesizing boron-containing oligonucleotides which are modified at the N7-guanine to block Hoogsteen pairing in the DNA major groove.
Hasan, A; Li, H; Tomasz, J; Shaw, BR
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