MB Walunj, AA Tanpure, SG Srivatsan
Journal name: 
Nucleic Acids Res
Pd-catalyzed C-C bond formation, an important vertebra in the spine of synthetic chemistry, is emerging as a valuable chemoselective transformation for post-synthetic functionalization of biomacromolecules. While methods are available for labeling protein and DNA, development of an analogous procedure to label RNA by cross-coupling reactions remains a major challenge. Herein, we describe a new Pd-mediated RNA oligonucleotide (ON) labeling method that involves post-transcriptional functionalization of iodouridine-labeled RNA transcripts by using Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction. 5-Iodouridine triphosphate (IUTP) is efficiently incorporated into RNA ONs at one or more sites by T7 RNA polymerase. Further, using a catalytic system made of Pd(OAc)2 and 2-aminopyrimidine-4,6-diol (ADHP) or dimethylamino-substituted ADHP (DMADHP), we established a modular method to functionalize iodouridine-labeled RNA ONs in the presence of various boronic acid and ester substrates under very mild conditions (37°C and pH 8.5). This method is highly chemoselective, and offers direct access to RNA ONs labeled with commonly used fluorescent and affinity tags and new fluorogenic environment-sensitive nucleoside probes in a ligand-controlled stereoselective fashion. Taken together, this simple approach of generating functional RNA ON probes by Suzuki-Miyaura coupling will be a very important addition to the resources and tools available for analyzing RNA motifs.
E-pub date: 
13 Mar 2018