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Preparation and characterization of pyrene modified uridine derivatives as potential electron donors in RNA

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Abstract

Charge transfer across double stranded DNA was observed for the first time about 20 years ago, and ever since it has been the subject of a large number of studies. RNA has been hardly investigated in this regard, which not least is due to the lack of suitably functionalized ribonucleotide building blocks to serve as electron sources upon incorporation into oligoribonucleotides. We have synthesized two uridine derivatives carrying pyrene or dimethylaminopyrene linked to C5 of the nucleobase. The key to successful synthesis was the adaptation of Suzuki–Miyaura conditions to the coupling of the pyrene moiety with the ribonucleoside. Final decoration of the pyrenylated nucleosides with standard 5′-O- and 2′-O-protecting groups and subsequent 3′-O-phosphitylation delivered the building blocks for incorporation into RNA. Spectroscopic analysis of the two pyrenylated uridines and of the accordingly modified oligonucleotides showed that in particular the dimethyaminopyrene functionalized nucleoside is a promising candidate as an electron source for RNA charge transport studies.

Graphical abstract: Preparation and characterization of pyrene modified uridine derivatives as potential electron donors in RNA

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The article was received on 11 Sep 2018, accepted on 25 Sep 2018 and first published on 27 Sep 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8OB02246A
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2018, Advance Article
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    Preparation and characterization of pyrene modified uridine derivatives as potential electron donors in RNA

    J. Frommer, B. Karg, K. Weisz and S. Müller, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8OB02246A

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