Nucleosides and Oligonucleotides Incorporating 2-Thiothymine or 2-Thiouracil Derivatives as Modified Nucleobases

  • Kohji SeioEmail author
  • Mitsuo Sekine


Nucleosides containing 2-thiothymine and 2-thiouracil as base moieties have been incorporated into oligonucleotides to enhance their hybridization affinity and base discrimination ability. For the incorporation of these thio-bases into oligonucleotides, efficient methods for the synthesis of thio-modified nucleosides and the incorporation of the thio-nucleosides into oligonucleotides under solid-phase conditions are necessary. In this chapter, the physicochemical properties of thio-modified bases and the methods for the syntheses of 2-thiouridine and 2-thiothymidine are described. In addition, the solid-phase synthesis of oligonucleotides incorporating these thio-nucleosides is described.


Sulfur 2-Thiouracil 2-Thiothymine Hydrogen bond London dispersion force 





























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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Life Science and TechnologyTokyo Institute of TechnologyTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Tokyo Institute of TechnologyYokohamaJapan

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