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Highly efficient catalytic RNA cleavage by the cooperative action of two Cu(II) complexes embodied within an antisense oligonucleotide

By Satoshi Sakamoto, Takashi Tamura, Takako Furukawa, Yasuo Komatsu, Eiko Ohtsuka, Masaya Kitamura and Hideo Inoue


Based on our recent studies of RNA cleavage by oligonucleotide–terpyridine·Cu(II) complex 5′- and/or 3′-conjugates, we designed 2′-O-methyloligonucleotides with two terpyridine-attached nucleosides at contiguous internal sites. To connect the 2′-terpyridine-modified uridine residue at the 5′-side to the 5′-O-terpyridyl nucleoside residue at the 3′-side, a dimethoxytrityl derivative of 5-hydroxypropyl-5′-O-terpyridyl-2′-deoxyuridine-3′-phosphoramidite was newly synthesized. Using this unit, we constructed two terpyridine conjugates, with either an unusual phophodiester bond or the bond extended by a propanediol(s)-containing linker. Cleavage reactions of the target RNA oligomer, under the conditions of conjugate excess in the presence of Cu(II), indicated that the conjugates precisely cleaved the RNA at the predetermined site and that one propanediol-containing linker was the most appropriate for inducing high cleavage activity. Furthermore, a comparison of the activity of the propanediol agent with those of the control conjugates with one complex confirmed that the two complexes are required for efficient RNA cleavage. The reaction of the novel cleaver revealed a bell-shaped pH–rate profile with a maximum at pH ∼7.5, which is a result of the cooperative action of the complexes. In addition, we demonstrated that the agent catalytically cleaves an excess of the RNA, with the kinetic parameter k(cat)/K(m) = 0.118 nM(–1) h(–1)

Topics: Articles
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1093/nar/gkg238
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