Summary information

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NMR structure of kras32r g25t conformer g-quadruplex within kras promoter region
Marquevielle J, Robert C, Lagrabette O, Wahid M, Bourdoncle A, Xodo LE, Mergny JL, Salgado GF (2020): "Structure of two G-quadruplexes in equilibrium in the KRAS promoter." Nucleic Acids Res., 48, 9336-9345. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkaa387.
KRAS is one of the most mutated oncogenes and still considered an undruggable target. An alternative strategy would consist in targeting its gene rather than the protein, specifically the formation of G-quadruplexes (G4) in its promoter. G4 are secondary structures implicated in biological processes, which can be formed among G-rich DNA (or RNA) sequences. Here we have studied the major conformations of the commonly known KRASĀ 32R, or simply 32R, a 32 residue sequence within the KRAS Nuclease Hypersensitive Element (NHE) region. We have determined the structure of the two major stable conformers that 32R can adopt and which display slow equilibrium (>ms) with each other. By using different biophysical methods, we found that the nucleotides G9, G25, G28 and G32 are particularly implicated in the exchange between these two conformations. We also showed that a triad at the 3' end further stabilizes one of the G4 conformations, while the second conformer remains more flexible and less stable.
G4 notes
2 G-tetrads

Base-block schematics in six views

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List of 2 G-tetrads

 1 glyco-bond=---- groove=---- planarity=0.448 type=bowl   nts=4 GGGG A.DG2,A.DG6,A.DG11,A.DG26
 2 glyco-bond=---- groove=---- planarity=0.655 type=saddle nts=4 GGGG A.DG4,A.DG9,A.DG13,A.DG28

List of 6 non-stem G4-loops (including the two closing Gs)

 1 type=lateral   helix=#-1 nts=5 GGGCG A.DG2,A.DG3,A.DG4,A.DC5,A.DG6
 2 type=lateral   helix=#-2 nts=6 GCGGTG A.DG4,A.DC5,A.DG6,A.DG7,A.DT8,A.DG9
 3 type=lateral   helix=#-1 nts=6 GGTGTG A.DG6,A.DG7,A.DT8,A.DG9,A.DT10,A.DG11
 4 type=lateral   helix=#-2 nts=5 GTGGG A.DG9,A.DT10,A.DG11,A.DG12,A.DG13
 5 type=lateral   helix=#-1 nts=16 GGGAAGAGGGAAGATG A.DG11,A.DG12,A.DG13,A.DA14,A.DA15,A.DG16,A.DA17,A.DG18,A.DG19,A.DG20,A.DA21,A.DA22,A.DG23,A.DA24,A.DT25,A.DG26
 6 type=lateral   helix=#-2 nts=16 GAAGAGGGAAGATGGG A.DG13,A.DA14,A.DA15,A.DG16,A.DA17,A.DG18,A.DG19,A.DG20,A.DA21,A.DA22,A.DG23,A.DA24,A.DT25,A.DG26,A.DG27,A.DG28