Author(s): Rankin S, Reszka AP, Huppert J, Zloh M, Parkinson GN,
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Abstract The DNA sequence, d(AGGGAGGGCGCTGGGAGGAGGG), occurs within the promoter region of the c-kit oncogene. We show here, using a combination of NMR, circular dichroism, and melting temperature measurements, that this sequence forms a four-stranded quadruplex structure under physiological conditions. Variations in the sequences that intervene between the guanine tracts have been examined, and surprisingly, none of these modified sequences forms a quadruplex arrangement under these conditions. This suggests that the occurrence of quadruplex-forming sequences within the human and other genomes is less than was hitherto expected. The c-kit quadruplex may be a new target for therapeutic intervention in cancers where there is elevated expression of the c-kit gene.
This article was published in J Am Chem Soc
and referenced in Journal of Proteomics & Bioinformatics