Chemical Synthesis of RNA Sequences with 2′‐O‐[(Triisopropylsilyl)oxy]methyl‐protected Ribonucleoside Phosphoramidites

Stefan Pitsch1, Patrick A. Weiss2

1 Institut de Chimie Organique, EPFL, Lausanne, 2 Xeragon AG, Zürich
Publication Name:  Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
Unit Number:  Unit 3.8
DOI:  10.1002/0471142700.nc0308s07
Online Posting Date:  February, 2002
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The [(triisopropylsilyl)oxy]methyl (TOM) group is a useful protecting group for the 2′‐OH of ribonucleosides to be used for oligoribonucleotide synthesis by the phosphoramidite method. It is completely stable to all reaction conditions applied during assembly and the first deprotection step. It does not interfere with the coupling reaction and leads to very good coupling yields under DNA‐coupling conditions. The final cleavage occurs quantitatively without concomitant destruction of the RNA product. This unit describes the synthesis of TOM‐phosphoramidites from 2′‐O‐TOM‐5′‐O‐dimethoxytrityl‐N‐acetyl ribonucleosides, oligoribonucleotide assembly on an automated DNA synthesizer, and subsequent deprotection. Preparation of the TOM‐protected ribonucleosides is presented elsewhere in the series.

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Table of Contents

  • Basic Protocol 1: Preparation of 2′‐O‐TOM‐Protected Phosphoramidites
  • Basic Protocol 2: Assembly of 2′‐O‐TOM‐Protected Phosphoramidites on DNA Synthesizers
  • Basic Protocol 3: Deprotection of RNA Sequences Assembled from 2′‐O‐TOM‐Protected Phosphoramidites
  • Reagents and Solutions
  • Commentary
  • Literature Cited
  • Figures
  • Tables
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Basic Protocol 1: Preparation of 2′‐O‐TOM‐Protected Phosphoramidites

  • Nitrogen or argon gas source
  • N‐Acetyl‐5′‐O‐(4,4′‐dimethoxytrityl)‐2′‐O‐[(triisopropylsilyl)oxy]methyl ribonucleosides (unit 2.9):
  •  N6‐Ac‐5′‐O‐DMTr‐2′‐O‐TOM‐adenosine (S.1a)
  •  N2‐Ac‐5′‐O‐DMTr‐2′‐O‐TOM‐guanosine (S.1b)
  •  N4‐Ac‐5′‐O‐DMTr‐2′‐O‐TOM‐cytidine (S.1c)
  •  5′‐O‐DMTr‐2′‐O‐TOM‐uridine (S.1d)
  • Dichloromethane
  • N‐Ethyl‐N,N‐diisopropylamine
  • 2‐Cyanoethyl‐N,N‐diisopropylchlorophosphoramidite (Aldrich)
  • Ethyl acetate
  • Hexane
  • Methanol
  • Anisaldehyde reagent (see recipe)
  • Silica gel (230 to 400 mesh, Fluka or Merck)
  • Sand
  • 250‐mL one‐neck flask equipped with a stir bar
  • Rubber septum
  • Balloon
  • 50‐µL syringe
  • TLC plates (Merck silica gel 60, 4 × 10–cm)
  • 254‐nm UV lamp
  • 5‐cm‐diameter chromatography column
  • Rotary evaporator with a vacuum pump or water aspirator
  • Additional reagents and equipment for thin‐layer chromatography (TLC; appendix 3D) and column chromatography ( appendix 3E)

Basic Protocol 2: Assembly of 2′‐O‐TOM‐Protected Phosphoramidites on DNA Synthesizers

  • 2′‐O‐TOM‐phosphoramidites (0.1 M in acetonitrile; Glen Research; see protocol 1)
  • Activator: 0.25 M 5‐ethylthio‐1H‐tetrazole (SET, Glen Research) in acetonitrile
  • Argon source
  • Dry acetonitrile (<30 ppm water)
  • 4A molecular sieves (optional)
  • Detritylation solution (see recipe)
  • Oxidation solution (see recipe)
  • Capping solutions A and B (see recipe recipe)
  • 1,2‐Dichloroethane (reagent grade)
  • Solid support, e.g., long‐chain alkylamine controlled‐pore glass (CPG) supports (500 or 1000 Å) for RNA synthesis derivatized with 5′‐O‐4,4′‐dimethoxytrityl‐ ated ribonucleosides (Glen Research)
  • Vials and bottles for attachment of the phosphoramidites and reagents to the synthesizer
  • Automated DNA synthesizer (e.g., GeneAssembler; Amersham Pharmacia Biotech)
  • Synthesis column for 1‐µmol or 10‐µmol synthesis
  • Additional reagents and equipment for automated DNA synthesis ( appendix 3C)

Basic Protocol 3: Deprotection of RNA Sequences Assembled from 2′‐O‐TOM‐Protected Phosphoramidites

  • TOM‐protected oligoribonucleotide attached to solid support (see protocol 2), in synthesis cartridge
  • 12 M aqueous methylamine
  • 8 M methylamine in ethanol (Fluka)
  • 50% and 100% (v/v) ethanol
  • 1 M tetra‐n‐butylammonium fluoride trihydrate (TBAF⋅3H 2O; Fluka) in tetrahydrofuran (THF)
  • N‐Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) or dimethylformamide (DMF; optional)
  • 1 M Tris⋅Cl, pH 7.4, RNase free, sterile (Fluka, for molecular biology)
  • 3 M sodium acetate ( appendix 2A)
  • 1.5‐, 2‐, and 5‐mL twist‐top vials
  • 35°C incubator or heating block
  • Speedvac evaporator
  • NAP‐10 columns (Amersham Pharmacia Biotech)
  • Additional reagents and equipment for oligoribonucleotide purification by HPLC (unit 10.5) or polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE; unit 10.4)
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Literature Cited

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