Abstract: C-di-GMP, a cyclic guanine dinucleotide, has been shown to regulate biofilm formation as well as virulence gene expression in a variety of bacteria. Analogues of c-di-GMP have the potential to be used as chemical probes to study c-di-GMP signaling and could even become drug leads for the development of anti-biofilm compounds. Herein we report the synthesis and biophysical studies of a series of c-di-GMP analogues, which have both phosphate and sugar moieties simultaneously modified (called endo-S-c-di-GMP analogues). We used computational methods to predict the relative orientation of the guanine nucleobases in c-di-GMP and analogues. DOSY NMR of the endo-S-c-di-GMP series showed that the polymorphism of c-di-GMP can be tuned with conservative modifications to the phosphate and sugar moieties (conformational steering). Binding studies with Vc2 RNA (a class I c-di-GMP riboswitch) revealed that conservative modifications to the phosphate and 2'-positions of c-di-GMP dramatically affected binding to class I riboswitch.
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Zhou, J.; Sayre, D.A.; Wang, J.; Pahadi, N.; Sintim, H.O. Endo-S-c-di-GMP Analogues-Polymorphism and Binding Studies with Class I Riboswitch. Molecules 2012, 17, 13376-13389.
Zhou J, Sayre DA, Wang J, Pahadi N, Sintim HO. Endo-S-c-di-GMP Analogues-Polymorphism and Binding Studies with Class I Riboswitch. Molecules. 2012; 17(11):13376-13389.
Zhou, Jie; Sayre, David A.; Wang, Jingxin; Pahadi, Nirmal; Sintim, Herman O. 2012. "Endo-S-c-di-GMP Analogues-Polymorphism and Binding Studies with Class I Riboswitch." Molecules 17, no. 11: 13376-13389.