Expansion of the genetic alphabet with metal base pairs
Expanding the genetic code beyond the A-T/G-C Watson-Crick canonical base pairs and 20 amino acids of natural organisms is a long standing goal in synthetic biology. Reprogrammation of the genetic code can lead to […]
Therapeutic tools based on nucleic acids
An important research axis of the laboratory is to modify nucleic acids with chemical groups in order to improve their therapeutic usefulness. Particularly, modified aptamers (i.e. oligonucleotides capable of binding to targets with high […]
Synthesis of chemically modified nucleoside triphosphates
Functional nucleic acids (aptamers, DNAzymes, ribozymes, and aptazymes) are generated by in vitro Darwinian evolution methods (SELEX and related methods of in vitro selection). We are interested to expand the capacity of these functional […]
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2018Tetrahedral DNAzymes for enhanced intracellular gene-silencing activity, Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 9410-9413 .
2017Facile immobilization of DNA using an enzymatic his-tag mimic, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 13031-13034.
2017On the enzymatic incorporation of an imidazole nucleotide into DNA, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2017, 15, 4449-4455.
2017New synthetic route to ethynyl-dUTP: A means to avoid formation of acetyl and chloro vinyl base-modified triphosphates that could poison SELEX experiments, Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2017, 27, 897-900.