PMID: 36915May 24, 1979

Polynucleotides XLVII. Synthesis and properties of poly(2-methylthio- and 2-ethylthioadenylic acid). Formation of non-Watson-Crick type complexes

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
T Fukui, M Ikehara


Poly(2-methyl- and 2-ethylthioadenylic acid) were prepared by polymerization of corresponding diphosphates with Escherichia coli polynucleotide phosphorylase. These polynucleotides have relatively large hypochromicity of 30-35%. Acid titration of these polymers showed abrupt transition at pH 5.34-5.4, which may indicate that the introduction of alkylthio group at 2-position of adenine bases reduced their basicity. Thermal melting of these polymers showed no clear transition points at neutral pH, but in acidic media they have Tm values of 57 and 56 degrees C, somewhat lower than that of poly(A). Upon complex formation with poly(U), these poly(A) analogs showed only one poly(rs2A) . poly(U) type double-strand complexes, similar to that found in the case of poly(m2A) . poly(U).

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