Oligonucleotides modified by clinically ineffective trans-diamminedichloridoplatinum(II) (transplatin) have been shown to be effective modulators of gene expression. This is so because in some nucleotide sequences the 1,3-GNG intrastrand adducts formed by transplatin in double-helical DNA readily rearrange into interstrand cross-links so that they can cross-link the oligonucleotides to their targets. On the other hand, in a number of other sequences these intrastrand adducts are relatively stable, which represents the major difficulty in the clinical use of the antisense transplatin-modified oligonucleotides. Therefore, we examined in this study, the stability of 1,3-GNG intrastrand adducts in double-helical DNA formed by a new antitumor derivative of transplatin, trans-[Pt(CH3NH2)2Cl2], in the sequence contexts in which transplatin formed relatively stable intrastrand cross-links which did not readily rearranged into interstrand cross-links. We have found that 1,3-GNG intrastrand adducts in double-helical DNA formed by trans-[Pt(CH3NH2)2Cl2] even in such sequences readily rearrange into interstrand cross-links. This work also suggests that an enhanced frequency of intrastrand cross-links yielded by trans-[Pt(CH3NH2)2Cl2] is a consequence of the fact that these DNA lesions considerably distort double-helical DNA in far more sequence contexts than parent transplatin. Our results suggest that trans-[Pt(CH3NH2)2Cl2]-modified oligonucleotides represent promising candidates for new agents in antisense or antigene approach.