PNA HYBRIDIZES TO COMPLEMENTARY OLIGONUCLEOTIDES OBEYING THE WATSON-CRICK HYDROGEN-BONDING RULES
Journal article, 1993
DNA ANALOGUES are currently being intensely investigated owing to their potential as gene-targeted drugs1-3. Furthermore, their properties and interaction with DNA and RNA could provide a better understanding of the structural features of natural DNA that determine its unique chemical, biological and genetic properties3,4. We recently designed a DNA analogue, PNA, in which the backbone is structurally homomorphous with the deoxyribose backbone and consists of N-(2-aminoethyl)glycine units to which the nucleobases are attached5-9. We showed that PNA oligomers containing solely thymine and cytosine can hybridize to complementary oligonucleotides, presumably by forming Watson-Crick-Hoogsteen (PNA)2-DNA triplexes, which are much more stable than the corresponding DNA-DNA duplexes5-7, and bind to double-stranded DNA by strand displacement5,8. We report here that PNA containing all four natural nucleobases hybridizes to complementary oligonucleotides obeying the Watson-Crick base-pairing rules, and thus is a true DNA mimic in terms of base-pair recognition.