Indexed on: 25 Mar '99Published on: 25 Mar '99Published in: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
Application of heteronuclear magnetic resonance pulse methods to 13C, 15N-labeled nucleic acids is important for the accurate structure determination of larger RNA and DNA oligonucleotides and protein-nucleic acid complexes. These methods have been applied primarily to RNA, due to the availability of labeled samples. The two major differences between DNA and RNA are at the C2' of the ribose and deoxyribose and the additional methyl group on thymine versus uracil. We have enzymatically synthesized a 13C,15N-labeled 32 base DNA oligonucleotide that folds to form an intramolecular triplex. We present two- and three-dimensional versions of a new HCCCH-TOCSY experiment that provides intraresidue correlation between the thymine H6 and methyl resonances via the intervening carbons (H6-C6-C5-Cme-Hme).