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A method has been developed to attach 4'-(hydroxymethyl)-4,5',8-trimethylpsoralen to the 5 position of thymine bases during solid-phase oligonucleotide synthesis. UV irradiation of triplex-forming oligonucleotides (TFOs) containing internally attached psoralens produces photoadducts at TpA steps within target duplexes, thus relaxing the constraints on selection of psoralen target sequences. Photoreaction of TFOs containing two psoralens, located at the 5'- and 3'-ends, has been used to create double-strand cross-links (triplex staples) at both termini of the TFO. Such complexes have no free single-stranded ends. TFOs containing 4'-(hydroxymethyl)-4,5',8-trimethylpsoralen, 3-methyl-2-aminopyridine, and 5-(3-aminoprop-2-ynyl)deoxyuridine formed photoadducts with target duplexes under near-physiological conditions.

Original publication




Journal article


Bioconjug Chem

Publication Date





1561 - 1567


Cross-Linking Reagents, DNA, Electrophoresis, Agar Gel, Ficusin, Molecular Structure, Nucleic Acid Conformation, Nucleic Acid Denaturation, Oligonucleotides, Photosensitizing Agents, Transition Temperature