Peptide Nucleic Acids (PNA)

Mick Jones mjones at rpms.ac.uk
Fri Mar 29 08:46:32 EST 1996


Hi netters

I was wondering about the commercial availability of reagents for the chemical 
synthesis of PNAs (peptide or protein nucleic acids).  These analogues 
(apparently) bind more tightly to DNA strands than a complemantary 
oligonucleotide.  

PNAs are nucleic acid analogues in which the phospho-sugar backbone is replaced by 
a peptide linkage maintaining the correct stereo-chemical base spacing as in 
natural DNA.

We are consideing synthesizing our own PNA sequences and would be very grateful if 
anybody could provide advice, where to buy the reagents and their cost, and how 
difficult it is to do, etc.  Anything really.

Thanks in advance.

Mick Jones


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