A novel nucleic acid model, i.e. peptide ribonucleic acid (PRNA), tethering 5'-amino-5'-deoxypyrimidine ribonucleoside as a recognition site for nucleic acids, has been designed and synthesized. We have demonstrated that the recognition behavior of PRNA with complementary oligopurinenucleotides can be controlled externally through the orientational switching of the pyrimidine nucleobase of PRNA induced by added borates. We extend this methodology of controlling the nucleobase orientation and recognition behavior of novel mono and oligomeric PRNAs containing 5'-amino-5'-deoxypyrimidine and/or purinenucleosides. In case of the PRNA oligomer containing pyrimidine-purine mixed sequence, efficient orientational switching of nucleobases induced by added borates was also observed.
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