NMR studies of the conformational effect of single and double 3'-S-phosphorothiolate substitutions within deoxythymidine trinucleotides
Jayakumar, H.K., Buckingham, J., Brazier, J. A., Berry, N.G., Cosstick, R. and Fisher, J. (2007) NMR studies of the conformational effect of single and double 3'-S-phosphorothiolate substitutions within deoxythymidine trinucleotides. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 45 (4). pp. 340-345. ISSN 1097-458X
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NMR spectroscopy has been used to investigate the conformational effects of single and two consecutive 3′-S-phosphorothiolate modifications within a deoxythymidine trinucleotide. The presence of a single 3′-phosphorothioate modification shifts the conformation of the sugar ring it is attached to, from a mainly south to north pucker; this effect is also transmitted to the 3′-neighbour deoxyribose. This transmission is thought to be caused by favourable stacking of the heterocyclic bases. Similar observations have been made previously by this group. When two adjacent modifications are present, the conformations of the attached deoxyribose rings are again shifted almost completely to the north, however, there is no transmission to the 3′ deoxyribose ring. Base proton chemical shift analysis and molecular modelling have been used to aid elucidation of the origin of this feature. The observation for the dimodified sequence is consistent with our previously reported results for a related system in which spaced modifications are more thermodynamically stable than consecutive ones.