MercuryII-mediated formation of thymine-HgII-thymine base pairs in DNA duplexes

Yoko Miyake, Humika Togashi, Mitsuru Tashiro, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Shuji Oda, Megumi Kudo, Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Yoshinori Kondo, Ryuichi Sawa, Takashi Fujimoto, Tomoya Machinami, Akira Ono

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The very specific binding of the HgII ion unexpectedly and significantly stabilizes naturally occurring thymine-thymine base mispairing in DNA duplexes. Following this finding, we prepared DNA duplexes containing metal-mediated base pairs at the desired sites, as well as novel double helical architectures consisting only of thymine-HgII-thymine pairs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2172-2173
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Feb 22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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