The solution structures of nucleocapsid (NC)-like CCHC zinc-binding domains bound to nucleic acid targets have revealed that these domains bind guanosine residues within single-stranded nucleic acids. Here, we have performed initial studies examining the potential use of NC-like CCHC zinc-binding domains as modules to construct single-stranded nucleic acid binding peptides. The affinity for guanosine-containing single-stranded deoxyribooligonucleotides increases with the number of CCHC domains in the peptide. The length of the linker between domains affects the spacing of guanosine residues in oligonucleotides that are preferentially bound. These studies provide a proof of principle that NC-like CCHC zinc-binding domains can be utilized as a basis for designing peptides that bind specific single-stranded nucleic acid sequences.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry