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Improved Synthesis Strategy for N‐Methoxy‐1,3‐oxazinane Nucleic Acids (MOANAs)

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Condensation with 4-(benzoyloxy)benzaldehyde provides easy access to a protected phosphoramidite building block of (2R,3S)-4-(methoxyamino)butane-1,2,3-triol, used as the backbone scaffold in the synthesis of N-methoxy-1,3-oxazinane nucleic acids (MOANAs). The resulting N-methoxy-2-[4-(benzoyloxy)phenyl]-1,3-oxazinane moiety is stable under the conditions of oligonucleotide synthesis but readily hydrolyzed afterwards. Stability of the protection can be adjusted predictably by changing the substituent on the phenyl ring.


Dependence of the hydrolysis rate of a series of N-methoxy-2-phenyl-1,3-oxazinanes on the Hammett substituent constant of the substituent of the phenyl ring was determined, yielding a reaction constant ρ=−1.40±0.05. Based on this information, 4-(benzoyloxy)benzaldehyde was selected as a protecting group for a new (2R,3S)-4-(methoxyamino)butane-1,2,3-triol phosphoramidite building block. The yield of the preparation of this building block as well as its coupling in automated oligonucleotide synthesis were greatly improved compared to the method reported previously. The 2-[4-(benzoyloxy)phenyl]-1,3-oxazine protection persisted throughout the synthesis of short oligonucleotides but was rapidly removed when the oligonucleotides were released from solid support and dissolved in water.

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