Engineering a selective small-molecule substrate binding site into a deoxyribozyme

Claudia Höbartner, Scott K. Silverman

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A small goal: An RNA ligase deoxyribozyme is engineered to accept a small-molecule NTP substrate in a multiple-turnover fashion. Selective binding is enforced by hydrogen bonding, and structural preorganization within the NTP itself is important for its efficient utilization as a substrate. This study points the way toward a broader use of small-molecule substrates with nucleic acid enzymes. (Figure Presented)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7420-7424
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number39
StatePublished - 2007


  • Deoxyribozymes
  • Hydrogen bonds
  • Nucleic acids
  • RNA recognition
  • Receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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