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Oligonucleotide conjugation to a cell-penetrating (tat) peptide by diels-alder cycloaddition

Steven, V. and Graham, D. (2008) Oligonucleotide conjugation to a cell-penetrating (tat) peptide by diels-alder cycloaddition. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 6 (20). pp. 3781-3787. ISSN 1477-0520

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Abstract

Modifed oligonucleotides are routinely employed as analytical probes for use in diagnostics, e.g. in the examination of specific RNA sequences for infectious diseases, however, a major limiting factor in oligonucleotide-based diagnostics is poor cellular uptake of naked oligonucleotides. This problem can be overcome by covalent attachment of a so-called 'cell-penetrating peptide' to form an oligonucleotide peptide conjugate. Stepwise solid phase synthesis of such a conjugate is difficult and expensive due to the conflicting chemistries of oligonucleotides and peptides. A simple approach to overcome this is post-synthetic conjugation. Diels-Alder cycloaddition is an attractive methodology for oligonucleotide peptide conjugation; the reaction is fast, chemoselective and the reaction rate is greatly enhanced in aqueous media - ideal conditions for biological moieties. An oligodeoxyribonucleotide sequence has been derivatised with a series of dienes at the 5′-terminus, using a series of unique dienyl-modified phosphoramidites, and investigation into the effect of diene type on the efficiency of conjugation, using Diels-Alder cycloaddition with a maleimido-derivatised cell-penetrating (TAT) peptide, has been performed. This led to the observation that the optimal diene for conjugation was cyclohexadiene, allowing conjugation of oligodeoxyribonucleotides to a cell-penetrating peptide by Diels-Alder cycloaddition for the first time. (Taken from Swetswise web site: http://www.swetswise.com/eAccess/viewAbstract.do?articleID=38485673)