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Org Biomol Chem. 2008 May 7;6(9):1674-87. doi: 10.1039/b719459e. Epub 2008 Mar 26.

Pyrrolo-dC oligonucleotides bearing alkynyl side chains with terminal triple bonds: synthesis, base pairing and fluorescent dye conjugates prepared by the azide-alkyne "click" reaction.

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  • 1Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Center for Nanotechnology, Heisenbergstrasse 11, 4814, M√ľnster, Germany. Frank.Seela@uni-osnabrueck.de


5-(Octa-1,7-diynyl)-2'-deoxyuridine was converted into the furano-dU derivative 7 by copper-catalyzed cyclization; the pyrolodC-derivative 3 was formed upon ammonolysis. The bicyclic nucleosides 3 and 7 as well as the corresponding non-cyclic precursors 4 and 6 all containing terminal C[triple bond]C bonds were conjugated with the non-fluorescent 3-azido-7-hydroxycoumarin 5 employing the copper(I)-catalyzed Huisgen-Sharpless-Meldal cycloaddition "click reaction". Strongly fluorescent 1H-1,2,3-triazole conjugates (30-33) are formed incorporating two fluorescent reporters-the pyrdC nucleoside and the coumarin moiety. Oligonucleotides incorporating 6-alkynyl and 6-alkyl 7H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidin-2(3H)-one nucleosides (3 and 2f) have been prepared by solid-phase synthesis using the phosphoramidite building blocks 10 and 13 ; the pyrrolo-dC oligonucleotides are formed during ammonia treatment. The duplex stability of oligonucleotides containing 3 and related derivatives was studied. Oligonucleotides with terminal triple bonded nucleosides such as 3 are more stabilizing than those lacking a side chain with terminal unsaturation; open-chain derivatives (4) are even more efficient. The click reaction was also performed on oligonucleotides containing the pyrdC-derivative and the fluorescence properties of nucleosides, oligonucleotides and their coumarin conjugates were studied.

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