The synthesis, conformation and hydrolytic stability of an N,S-bridging thiophosphoramidate analogue of thymidylyl-3′,5′-thymidine†
A 3′-N,5′-S-bridging thiophosphoramidate analogue of thymidylyl-3′,5′-thymidine was synthesised under aqueous conditions. 1H NMR conformational measurements show that the 3′-N-substituted deoxyribose ring is biased towards the ‘north’, RNA-like conformation. Rate constants for hydrolysis of the analogue were measured at 90 °C in the pH range 1.3–10.9. The pH-log kobs profile displays a pH-independent region between approximately pH 7 and 10 (t1/2 ∼13 days). Under acidic conditions, kobs displays a first order dependence on [H3O+].