Amino Acids

, Volume 49, Issue 8, pp 1381–1388 | Cite as

Novel DNA/RNA-targeting amino acid beacon for the versatile incorporation at any position within the peptide backbone

  • Tamara Šmidlehner
  • Ivo PiantanidaEmail author
Original Article


One-pot tandem synthesis was for the first time applied to attach fluorophore to the amino acid side chain, yielding amino acid ready for peptide coupling at the N-terminus, and also upon activation at the C-terminus. Two new compounds differing only in fluorophore-linker length showed exceptional fluorimetric and CD recognition between DS-RNA and DS-DNA, thus being promising beacons for versatile peptide incorporation.


Fluorescent amino acid One-pot synthesis DNA/RNA recognition Fluorescence∙CD 



This work has been supported by the Croatian Science Foundation project 1477. Special thanks go to Prof. Todor Deligeorgiev and Dr. Atanas Kurutos for fruitful discussions and advice.

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The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Organic Chemistry and BiochemistryRuđer Bošković InstituteZagrebCroatia

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