A1 Journal article – refereed
Intracomplex general acid/base catalyzed cleavage of RNA phosphodiester bonds: the leaving group effect




List of Authors: Lonnberg T, Luomala M
Publisher: ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY
Publication year: 2012
Journal: Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Journal name in source: ORGANIC & BIOMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY
Journal acronym: ORG BIOMOL CHEM
Number in series: 33
Volume number: 10
Issue number: 33
ISSN: 1477-0520

Abstract
The general acid/base catalyzed cleavage of a number of alkyl esters of uridine-3'-(and -5'-) phosphate has been studied by utilizing a cleaving agent, in which the catalytic moiety (a substituted 1,3,5-triazine) is tethered to an anchoring Zn-II: cyclen moiety. Around pH 7, formation of a strong ternary complex between uracil, Zn-II and cyclen brings the general acid/base catalyst close to the scissile phosphodiester linkage, resulting in rate acceleration of 1-2 orders of magnitude with the uridine-3'-phosphodiesters. Curiously, no acceleration was observed with their 5'-counterparts. A beta(lg) value of -0.7 has been determined for the general acid/base catalyzed cleavage, consistent with a proton transfer to the leaving group in the rate-limiting step.


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