DNA-catalyzed reductive amination

On Yi Wong, Amanda E. Mulcrone, Scott K. Silverman

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A new reaction for DNA: DNA is shown to catalyze Ni2+-dependent reductive amination involving the N2-amine of a guanosine nucleobase (see picture). This finding expands the repertoire of nucleic acid catalysis to include reductive amination, an important natural biosynthetic reaction that has practical synthetic utility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11679-11684
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number49
StatePublished - Dec 2 2011


  • DNA
  • deoxyribozymes
  • enzyme catalysis
  • reductive amination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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