Replacing the Nucleobases in DNA with Designer Molecules
STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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DNA is not only a carrier of genetic information, but it is also a versatile supramolecular scaffold, arranging smaller organic structures into predesigned geometries. Herein are discussed molecular strategies in which the natural DNA bases on the sugar-phosphate backbone are replaced by other molecules. Some of the base replacements under study include fluorophores, ligands for metals, helix stabilizers, and DNA base shape mimics.
- Organic Chemistry