The effect of a single boranophosphate substitution with defined configuration on the thermal stability and conformation of a DNA duplex.
Substitution of one non-bridging oxygen in a natural phosphodiester internucleotide linkage with a borano (-BH3) group results in a chiral phosphorus center in boranophosphate. UV thermal melting profiles were recorded for DNA duplexes formed between a DNA 9-mer with either an Sp or a Rp boranophosphate linkage in the middle and the complementary DNA 9-mer, as well as for their unmodified parent duplex. The thermal stability of the DNA duplexes was in the order of normal > Sp borano > Rp borano. CD spectra of all three duplexes exhibited typical B-DNA profile, which closely resembled each other.
Wang, JX; Sergueev, DS; Shaw, BR
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