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Journal of the American Chemical Society

Site-specific cleavage of RNA by a metal-free artificial nuclease attached to antisense oligonucleotides.


PMID 16771522

Abstract

RNA cleaving tris(2-aminobenzimidazoles) have been attached to DNA oligonucleotides via disulfide or amide bonds. The resulting conjugates are effective organocatalytic nucleases showing substrate and site selectivity as well as saturation kinetics. The benzimidazole conjugates also degrade enantiomeric RNA. This observation rules out contamination effects as an alternative explanation of RNA degradation. The pH dependency shows that the catalyst is most active in the deprotonated state. Typical half-lifes of RNA substrates are in the range of 12-17 h. Thus, conjugates of tris(2-aminobenzimidazoles) can compete with the majority of metal-dependent artificial nucleases.

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