The Preparation of DNA Duplexes Containing Internucleotide Phosphorothioate Groups in Various Positions of the Recognition Site for the EcoRII Restriction Endonuclease

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Twenty four 12-mer DNA duplexes, each containing a chiral phosphorothioate group successively replacing one of the internucleotide phosphate groups either in the EcoRII recognition site (5′CCA/TGG) or near to it, were obtained for studying the interaction of the restriction endonuclease EcoRII with internucleotide DNA phosphates. Twelve of the 12-mer oligonucleotides were synthesized as Rp and Sp diastereomeric mixtures. Six of them were separated by reversed-phase HPLC using various buffers. Homogeneous diastereomers of the other oligonucleotides were obtained by enzymatic ligation of the Rp and Sp diastereomers of 5–7-mer oligonucleotides preliminarily separated by HPLC with the corresponding short oligonucleotides on a complementary DNA template.

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