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Design functional oligos with poly G runs

Super G® (8-aza-7-deazaguanosine) bases

Quick facts:

Availability: DNA and RNA
Location: 5′, internal, and 3′
Synthesis scale: 100 nmol to large scale
Purification options: Standard desalt or HPLC
IDT ordering symbol: /5Super-dG/, /iSuper-dG/, /3Super-dG/

Need an oligo with a poly G run?

When trying to order an oligo with several sequential guanine residues, you will often receive a warning to the effect:

“…Runs of 4 or more G bases can result in a cruciform structure, also known as a guanine tetraplex that may interfere with downstream applications. In addition, oligo sequences containing runs of 6 or more G bases can be difficult to manufacture…”

Super G® (8-aza-7-deaza dG) bases (Figure 1) are pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine analogs of guanine that eliminate naturally occurring, non-Watson-and-Crick secondary structures associated with guanine-rich sequences [1].

Figure 1. Super G (8-aza-7-deaza dG) modified base.


Including a Super G modified base in place of one of a series of G residues in an oligo sequence:

  • Eliminates secondary structures—Poly G runs can form tetraplexes, or cruciform structures, that can cause difficulty with oligo synthesis and use of these oligos in downstream applications [2]. Super G bases prevent these structures from forming [1].
  • Increases oligo yields and purity—Substitution of a single G in a 4 G base sequence with a Super G base will improve oligonucleotide synthesis.
  • Maintains compatibility with PCR—Primers containing this modified base, even when positioned at the 3′ end, are extended normally by polymerases, including Taq polymerase.
  • Improves qPCR signal when adjacent to a fluorophore—Super G bases do not quench fluorophore dyes as can a guanine base adjacent to 5' 6-FAM [3]. In fact, you can observe noticeable improvement in qPCR signal when the G next to a fluorophore is substituted with a Super G base.
  • Increases duplex stability and mismatch discrimination—In their paper, Kutyavin IV, Lokhov SG, et al. (2002) [1] investigated the increased Tm Super G base substitutions confer on DNA duplexes when at different positions within a sequence. They also describe improved discrimination of G/A, G/G, and G/T mismatches in Watson–Crick hybrids.

Add Super G bases to your oligo design

To order, enter your sequence with the IDT ordering symbol (shown above) in the desired location within your sequence. Oligos containing Super G bases can be ordered with HPLC purification or as standard desalt, providing that other modifications in the sequence do not require HPLC.

Learn about other modifications to facilitate your research

See what other modifications are available from IDT. You can find a list of standard modifications we make to oligonucleotides on the Modifications page of our online catalog. And if you don’t find what you are looking for, just send us a request. We often synthesize special, non-catalog requests. Contact us at noncat@idtdna.com.


  1. Kutyavin IV, Lokhov SG, et al. (2002) Reduced aggregation and improved specificity of G‐rich oligodeoxyribonucleotides containing pyrazolo[3,4‐d]pyrimidine guanine bases. Nucl Acids Res, 30(22):4952–4959.
  2. Packer H. (2013) G repeats—structural challenges for oligo design. [Online] Coralville, Integrated DNA Technologies. Available at: www.idtdna.com/pages/decoded/decoded-articles/handling-oligos/decoded/2013/01/17/g-repeats-structural-challenges-for-oligo-design [Accessed 25 Aug, 2015].
  3. Integrated DNA Technologies. (2011) Technical Report: Fluorescence and fluorescence applications. [Online] Coralville, Integrated DNA Technologies. Available at: www.idtdna.com/pages/docs/technical-reports/fluorescence-and-fluorescence-applications.pdf?sfvrsn=5 [Accessed 25 Aug, 2015].

Additional reading

Need a non-standard modification?—Review a list of the common modifications IDT can add to oligonucleotides here. Not finding a modification you need on the IDT website? No worries. IDT offers 89 modifications that are not listed in our online catalog. A few of the more popular ones are described along with information on how to order them. IDT will consider any modification you have in mind. Just send a request to  noncat@idtdna.com

DNA oligonucleotide resuspension and storage—Upon receiving newly synthesized oligonucleotides, researchers must decide how to resuspend and store the product. Here are some guidelines and recommendations.

Oligonucleotide modifications: Choosing the right mod for your needs—Guidelines on selecting oligonucleotide modifications and a discussion of how they can help you in your research.


Author: Stephanie Youtsey is a Technical Support Representative II at Integrated DNA Technologies.

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