Fluorescent PNA probes as hybridization labels for biological RNA.
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Fluorescent labeling of biological RNA is complicated by the narrow range of nucleoside triphosphates that can be used for biological synthesis (i.e., transcription) as well as the inability to site-specifically incorporate them into long RNA transcripts. Noncovalent strategies for labeling RNA rely on attaching fluorescent dyes to hybridization probes which deliver the dye to a specific region of the RNA through Watson-Crick base pairing. This report demonstrates the use of high-affinity peptide nucleic acid (PNA) probes in labeling mRNA transcripts with thiazole orange donor and Alexa-594 acceptor fluorophores. The PNA probes were targeted to sequences flanking splice sites in a pre-mRNA such that before splicing the PNAs were separated by >300 nucleotides (nts) whereas after splicing the separation decreased to
Biochemistry, 45, 19, 6066-6074.