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Reduction of metal ions by boranephosphonate DNA

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Oligodeoxyribonucleotides bearing boranephosphonate linkages (bpDNA) were shown to reduce a number of metal ions and form nanoparticles through a novel reaction pathway that leads to phosphate diesters or phosphate triesters in water or alcohols respectively. The synthetic utility of this reaction was further demonstrated through the synthesis of oligodeoxyribonucleotides containing phosphate triester linkages. This new reactivity also makes bpDNA promising for use in construction of DNA templated metallic nanostructures.

Graphical abstract: Reduction of metal ions by boranephosphonate DNA

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23 Aug 2012
25 Sep 2012
First published
26 Sep 2012

Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012,10, 9130-9133
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Reduction of metal ions by boranephosphonate DNA

S. Roy, M. Olesiak, P. Padar, H. McCuen and M. H. Caruthers, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012, 10, 9130
DOI: 10.1039/C2OB26661J

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