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Keywords:

  • asymmetric catalysis;
  • cycloaddition;
  • Diels–Alder reaction;
  • DNA;
  • sequence-dependence
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DNA in command: An enantioselective Diels–Alder reaction can be achieved using human telomeric G-quadruplex DNA-based catalysts. The absolute configuration of the product can be reversed when the conformation of G-quadruplex DNA is switched from antiparallel to parallel, and both the reaction rate and the enantioselectivity of the Diels–Alder reaction were found to be dependent on the DNA sequence.