Stimulus-responsive biomolecules are attractive targets to understand biomolecule behaviour as well as to explore their therapeutic and diagnostic applications. We demonstrate that a reduction-responsive cleavable group (chemically caged unit) introduced into the guanine ring enables modulation of the secondary structure transition of an oligonucleotide in a reduction-responsive and traceless manner leaving the unmodified oligonucleotide of interest. This simple but robust strategy could yield a variety of stimuli-responsive oligonucleotides.
Keywords: DNA structures; G-quadruplexes; cleavage reactions; conjugation; stimuli-responsive.
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