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Mapping the Landscape of Potentially Primordial Informational Oligomers: Oligodipeptides and Oligodipeptoids Tagged with Triazines as Recognition Elements

Department of Chemistry and The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.
Angewandte Chemie International Edition (Impact Factor: 11.26). 03/2007; 46(14):2470-7. DOI: 10.1002/anie.200603207
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ABSTRACT (Chemical Equation Presented) Pairing up: Oligodipeptide, oligodeoxy-dipeptide, or oligodipeptoid backbones tagged with the 2,4-diaminotriazine nucleus pair strongly with complementary DNA and RNA. This is in sharp contrast with the behavior of the 2,4-dioxotriazine nucleus, which does not act as a nucleo-base in these systems.

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