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An assay for RNA oxidation induced abasic sites using the Aldehyde Reactive ProbePosition-dependent effects on stability in tricyclo-DNA modified oligonucleotide duplexes

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2011
Author Tanaka M., Song H., Kupfer P. A., Leumann C. J., Sonntag W. E.,
Project Chemically modified Oligonucleotides for Biotechnology and Material Sciences
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Free Radical Research
Volume (Issue) 45
Page(s) 237 - 47
Title of proceedings Free Radical Research


Abstract There have been several reports describing elevation of oxidized RNA in ageing or age-related diseases, however RNA oxidation has been assessed solely based on 8-hydroxy-guanosine levels. In this study, Aldehyde Reactive Probe (ARP), which was originally developed to detect DNA abasic sites, was used to assess RNA oxidation. It was found that ARP reacted with depurinated tRNA(Phe) or chemically synthesized RNA containing abasic sites quantitatively to as little as 10 fmoles, indicating that abasic RNA is recognized by ARP. RNA oxidized by Fenton-type reactions, gamma-irradiation or peroxynitrite increased ARP reactivity dose-dependently, indicating that ARP is capable of monitoring oxidized RNA mediated by reactive oxygen species or reactive nitrogen species. Furthermore, oxidative stress increased levels of ARP reactive RNA in cultured cells. These results indicate the versatility of the assay method for biologically relevant oxidation of RNA. Thus, this study developed a sensitive assay for analysis of oxidized RNA. A series of oligodeoxyribonucleotides and oligoribonucleotides containing single and multiple tricyclo(tc)-nucleosides in various arrangements were prepared and the thermal and thermodynamic transition profiles of duplexes with complementary DNA and RNA evaluated. Tc-residues aligned in a non-continuous fashion in an RNA strand significantly decrease affinity to complementary RNA and DNA, mostly as a consequence of a loss of pairing enthalpy DeltaH. Arranging the tc-residues in a continuous fashion rescues T(m) and leads to higher DNA and RNA affinity. Substitution of oligodeoxyribonucleotides in the same way causes much less differences in T(m) when paired to complementary DNA and leads to substantial increases in T(m) when paired to complementary RNA. CD-spectroscopic investigations in combination with molecular dynamics simulations of duplexes with single modifications show that tc-residues in the RNA backbone distinctly influence the conformation of the neighboring nucleotides forcing them into higher energy conformations, while tc-residues in the DNA backbone seem to have negligible influence on the nearest neighbor conformations. These results rationalize the observed affinity differences and are of relevance for the design of tc-DNA containing oligonucleotides for applications in antisense or RNAi therapy.