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G-quadruplexes as versatile scaffolds for catalysis

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DNA is receiving attention as a useful biomaterial in a broad range of research fields beyond its classical role as a biopolymer for storage and delivery of genetic information. Based on its chemical and thermal stability and easy accessibility, a series of DNA-based hybrid catalysts have been developed and successfully applied to various asymmetric reactions in water. Besides the canonical Watson–Crick duplex, the G-quadruplex structure has been actively exploited as horseradish-peroxidase (HRP)-mimicking DNAzymes via specific complexation with hemin. G-quadruplexes also provide a fascinating scaffold to develop a switchable catalytic system. This review summarizes the beginning, progress, and prospects of the noncanonical DNA-based hybrid catalysts, focusing on the G-quadruplexes as versatile scaffolds for catalysis.

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The article was received on 27 Aug 2019, accepted on 17 Oct 2019 and first published on 31 Oct 2019

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9OB01876J
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2019,17, 9547-9561

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    G-quadruplexes as versatile scaffolds for catalysis

    J. H. Yum, S. Park and H. Sugiyama, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2019, 17, 9547
    DOI: 10.1039/C9OB01876J

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