A DNA pentaplex incorporating nucleobase quintets

John C. Chaput, Christopher Switzer

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Supramolecular self-assembly is an integral step in the formation of many biological structures. Here we report a DNA pentaplex that derives from a metal-assisted, hydrogen bond-mediated self-assembly process. In particular, cesium ions are found to induce pentameric assembly of DNA bearing the nonstandard nucleobase iso-guanine. The pentaplex was designed by using a simple algorithm to predict nucleobase structural requirements within a quintet motif. The design principles are general and should extend to complexes beyond pentaplex. Structures exhibiting molecularities of five or more were previously accessible to peptides, but not nucleic acids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10614-10619
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number19
StatePublished - Sep 14 1999
Externally publishedYes

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