Chembiochem : a European journal of chemical biology 2016 07 0417(15) 1399-402 doi 10.1002/cbic.201600162
G-quadruplex formation in virally encoded templates arrests reverse transcription. Methods to stabilize this structure are promising for antiviral approaches. To stabilize G-quadruplex formation, deoxythymidines were modified with tetra(ethylene glycol) (TEG). The TEG-modified G-quadruplexes were stabilized significantly relative to unmodified DNA. In the presence of a TEG-modified oligonucleotide that is capable of forming an intermolecular G-quadruplex with a template containing a hu- man immunodeficiency virus-1 sequence, reverse transcription was inhibited by more than 70 % relative to the reaction in the absence of the TEG-modified oligonucleotide. Moreover, the TEG-modified deoxythymidines protected the DNA oligonucleotide from degradation by various nucleases in human serum. Thus, DNA oligonucleotides modified with TEG have potential in therapeutic applications.