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Title: A simple, high-yield synthesis of DNA duplexes containing a covalent, thermally cleavable interstrand cross-link at a defined location.

Authors: Gamboa Varela, Jacqueline; Gates, Kent S

Published In Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, (2015 Jun 22)

Abstract: Interstrand DNA-DNA cross-links are highly toxic to cells because these lesions block the extraction of information from the genetic material. The pathways by which cells repair cross-links are important, but not well understood. The preparation of chemically well-defined cross-linked DNA substrates represents a significant challenge in the study of cross-link repair. Here a simple method is reported that employs "post-synthetic" modifications of commercially available 2'-deoxyoligonucleotides to install a single cross-link in high yield at a specified location within a DNA duplex. The cross-linking process exploits the formation of a hydrazone between a non-natural N(4) -amino-2'-deoxycytidine nucleobase and the aldehyde residue of an abasic site in duplex DNA. The resulting cross-link is stable under physiological conditions, but can be readily dissociated and re-formed through heating-cooling cycles.

PubMed ID: 25967397 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Cross-Linking Reagents/chemistry*; DNA/chemical synthesis*; DNA/chemistry*; Hydrazones/chemistry*; Molecular Structure; Nucleic Acid Conformation

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