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Original Research Publications

29) M.E. Oomen, A.K. Hedger, J.K. Watts, J. Dekker, “Detecting chromatin interactions along and between sister chromatids with SisterC,” submitted. (preprint posted at BioRxiv, DOI 10.1101/2020.03.10.986208).

28)  D.A. Price, Z.J. Kartje, J.A. Hughes, T.D. Hill, T.M. Loth, J.K. Watts, K.T. Gagnon, S.D. Moran, “Infrared Spectroscopy Reveals the Preferred Motif Size and Local Disorder in Parallel Stranded DNA G-quadruplexes,” ChemBioChem, doi: 10.1002/cbic.202000136 [Epub ahead of print], May 5, 2020.

27)  A.J. Debacker, V.K. Sharma, P.M. Krishnamurthy, D. O’Reilly, R. Greenhill, J.K. Watts*, “Next-generation Peptide Nucleic Acid chimeras exhibit high affinity and potent gene silencing,” Biochemistry, 58(6): 582-589, 2019.

26)  K.S. Ghanta, G.A. Dokshin, A. Mir, P.M. Krishnamurthy, A. Edraki, H. Gneid, J.K. Watts*, E.J. Sontheimer*, C.C. Mello*, “5′ Modifications Improve Potency, Efficacy and Tolerability of DNA Donors for Precision Genome Editing,” submitted (preprint posted at BioRxiv, DOI 10.1101/354480), June 22, 2018.

25)  V.K. Sharma, M.F. Osborn, M. Hassler; D. Echeverria, S. Ly, E. Ulashchik, Y. Martynenko-Makaev, V. Shmanai , T. Zatsepin, A. Khvorova*, J.K. Watts*, “Novel cluster and monomer-based GalNAc structures induce effective uptake of siRNAs in vitro and in vivo,” Bioconjugate Chemistry, 29: 2478-88, 2018. Highlighted as a hot paper by the OTS.

24)  A. Mir, J.F. Alterman, M.R. Hassler, A.J. Debacker, E. Hudgens, D. Echeverria, M.H. Brodsky, A. Khvorova*, J.K. Watts*, E.J. Sontheimer*, “Heavily and Fully Modified RNAs Guide Efficient SpyCas9-Mediated Genome Editing,” Nature Communications, 9: 2641, 2018.  Highlighted as a hot paper by the OTS.

23)  A.K. Hedger, M. Oomen, V. Liu, M.P. Moazami, N. Rhind, J. Dekker, J.K. Watts*, “Progress toward an amplifiable metabolic label for DNA: Conversion of 4-thiothymidine (4sT)to 5-methylcytidine and synthesis of a 4sT phosphorodiamidate prodrug,” Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 96: 636-645, 2018.

22) L. Li, X. Shen, Z. Liu, M. Norrbom, T.P. Prakash, D. O'Reilly, V.K. Sharma, M.J. Damha, J.K. Watts, F. Rigo, D.R. Corey, "Activation of Frataxin Protein Expression by Antisense Oligonucleotides Targeting the Mutant Expanded Repeat," Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, 28: 23-33, 2018.

21)  M.F. Osborn, A.H. Coles, D. Golebiowski, D. Echeverria, M. Moazami, J.K. Watts, M. Sena-Esteves, A. Khvorova, “Efficient gene silencing in brain tumors with hydrophobically modified siRNAs,” Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, 17: 1251-1258, 2018.

20) J. Hu, Z. Rong, X. Gong, Z. Zhou, V.K. Sharma, C. Xing, J.K.Watts, D.R. Corey, "Oligonucleotides targeting TCF4 triplet repeat expansion inhibit RNA foci and mis-splicing in Fuchs' dystrophy," Human Molecular Genetics, 26: 1015-1026, 2018.

19) V.K. Sharma, S.K. Singh, P.M. Krishnamurthy, J.F. Alterman, R.A. Haraszti, A. Khvorova, A.K. Prasad, J.K. Watts, "Synthesis and biological properties of triazole-linked locked nucleic acid," Chemical Communications,53: 8906-8909, 2017.

18) H.M. Pendergraff, P.M. Krishnamurthy, A.J. Debacker, M.P. Moazami, V.K. Sharma, L. Niitsoo, Y. Yu, Y.N. Tan, H.M. Haitchi, J.K. Watts, "Locked Nucleic Acid Gapmers and Conjugates Potently Silence ADAM33, an Asthma-Associated Metalloprotease with Nuclear-Localized mRNA," Molecular Therapy Nucleic Acids, 8: 158-168, 2017.

17) H.M. Pendergraff, A.J. Debacker, J.K.Watts*, “Single-Stranded Silencing siRNAs: Hit Rate and Chemical Modification,” Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, 4: 216-222, 2016.

16) H. Brambhatt, A. Poma, H.M. Pendergraff, J.K. Watts, N.W. Turner, “Improvement of DNA recognition through molecular imprinting: hybrid oligomer imprinted polymeric nanoparticles (oligoMIP NPs),” Biomaterials Science, 4: 281-287, 2016.

15) A. Poma, H. Brahmbhatt, H.M. Pendergraff, J.K. Watts, N.W. Turner, “Generation of Novel Hybrid Aptamer Molecularly Imprinted Polymeric Nanoparticles (AptaMIP NPs),” Advanced Materials, 27: 750-758, 2015.

14)  A. Poma, H. Brahmbhatt, J.K. Watts, N.W. Turner, “Nucleoside-tailored Molecularly-Imprinted Polymeric Nanoparticles (MIP-NPs),” Macromolecules, 47: 6322-6330, 2014.

13)  K. Schaukowitch, J.-Y. Joo, Xihui Liu, J.K. Watts, C. Martinez, and T.-K. Kim, “Enhancer RNA facilitates NELF release from immediate early genes,” Molecular Cell, 56: 29-42, 2014. Highlighted in a preview by B. Plotzky (Mol. Cell, 56: 3-4, 2014).

12) K.T. Gagnon, J.K. Watts*, H.M. Pendergraff, C. Montaillier, D. Thai, P. Potier, and D.R. Corey*, “Antisense and Antigene Inhibition of Gene Expression by Cell-Permeable Oligonucleotide-Oligospermine Conjugates,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133: 8404-8407, 2011. *corresponding authors.

11) M.Yahyaee, J.K. Watts*, N.R. Alla, A.W. Nicholson and M.J. Damha*; “Energetically Important C-H∙∙∙F-C Pseudohydrogen Bonding in Water:  Evidence and Application to Rational Design of Oligonucleotides with High Binding Affinity,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133: 728-731, 2011.  Highlighted in Faculty of 1000 (Biology). *corresponding authors.

10) J. Hu, K.T. Gagnon, J. Liu, J.K. Watts, J. Syeda-Nawaz, C.F. Bennett, E.E. Swayze, J. Randolph, J. Chattopadhyaya and D.R. Corey*; “Allele-selective inhibition of ataxin-3 (ATX3) expression by antisense oligomers and duplex RNAs,” Biological Chemistry, 392: 315-325, 2011.

9) J.K. Watts, D. Yu, K. Charisse, C. Montaillier, P. Potier, M. Manoharan and D.R. Corey; “Effect of chemical modifications on modulation of gene expression by duplex antigene RNAs that are complementary to non-coding transcripts at gene promoters,” Nucleic Acids Research, 38: 5242-5259, 2010.

8) G.F. Deleavey, J.K. Watts, T. Alain, F. Robert, A. Kalota, V. Aishwarya, J. Pelletier, A.M. Gewirtz, N. Sonenberg and M.J. Damha, “Synergistic effects between analogs of DNA and RNA improve the potency of siRNA-mediated gene silencing,” Nucleic Acids Research, 38: 4547-4557, 2010. equal contributors

7) J.K. Watts, N. Martín-Pintado, I. Gómez-Pinto, J. Schwartzentruber, G. Portella, M. Orozco, C. González and M.J. Damha, “Differential stability of 2'F‑ANA•RNA and ANA•RNA hybrid duplexes: roles of structure, pseudohydrogen bonding, hydration, ion uptake and flexibility,” Nucleic Acids Research, 38: 2498-2511, 2010.  Highlighted in Faculty of 1000 (Biology).

6) J.K. Watts, A. Katolik, J. Viladoms and M.J. Damha; “Studies on the hydrolytic stability of  2'-fluoroarabinonucleic acid (2'F-ANA),” Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 7: 1904-1910, 2009.

5) J.K. Watts, B.D. Johnston, K. Jayakanthan, A.S. Wahba, B.M. Pinto, and M.J. Damha, “Synthesis and biophysical characterization of oligonucleotides containing a 4'‑selenonucleotide,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130: 8578-8579, 2008.

4) J.K. Watts, N. Choubdar, K. Sadalapure, F. Robert, A.S. Wahba, J. Pelletier, B.M. Pinto and M.J. Damha; “2'-Fluoro-4'-thioarabino-modified oligonucleotides: Conformational switches linked to siRNA activity,” Nucleic Acids Research, 35: 1441-1451, 2007.

3) M.L. Trapp, J.K. Watts, N. Weinberg, and B.M. Pinto; “Component analysis of the X-C-Y anomeric effect (X = O, S; Y = F, OMe, NHMe) by DFT molecular orbital calculations and natural bond orbital analysis,” Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 84: 692-701, 2006.

2) J.K. Watts, K. Sadalapure, N. Choubdar, B.M. Pinto and M.J. Damha; “Synthesis and conformational analysis of 2'-fluoro-5-methyl-4'-thioarabinouridine (4'S-FMAU),” Journal of Organic Chemistry, 71: 921-925, 2006.

1) J.K. Watts, J. Jimenez-Barbero, A. Poveda and T.B. Grindley; “Control of disaccharide conformation through p-stacking,” Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 81: 364-375, 2003.

Reviews and Book Chapters

14)  F. Wang, T. Zuroske, J.K. Watts. “RNA therapeutics on the rise,” Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, doi: 10.1038/d41573-020-00078-0 [Epub ahead of print], April 27, 2020.

13)  J.K. Watts, I.S. Ockene. “RNA Interference for the Masses? siRNA Targeting PCSK9 Promises Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease,” Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, 30(1): 1-3, 2020.

12)  A. Aartsma-Rus, J.K. Watts. “The Munich Meeting: Medical Maturation, More Mechanisms, and Milasen,” Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, (6): 302-304, 2019.

11)  J.K. Watts, R.H. Brown, A. Khvorova, “Nucleic Acid Therapeutics for Neurological Diseases,” Neurotherapeutics, 16(2): 245-247, 2019.

10)  J.K. Watts, “Medicinal Chemistry of Antisense Oligonucleotides,” in N. Ferrari and R. Seguin, eds., Antisense-based Drugs and Therapeutics – Preclinical and Clinical Considerations for Development, pp. 39-90; Wiley (Hoboken, NJ), 2018.

9) J.K. Watts, A. Khvorova, "The chemical evolution of oligonucleotide therapies of clinical utility," Nature Biotechnology, 35: 238-248, 2017.

8)  V.K. Sharma and J.K. Watts, “Oligonucleotide Therapeutics: Chemistry, Delivery and Clinical Progress”, Future Medicinal Chemistry, 7: 2221-2242, 2016.

7)   K.T. Gagnon and J.K. Watts, “The 10th Annual Meeting of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society” [Meeting Report], Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, 24: 428-434, 2014.

6)  J.K. Watts, “Locked Nucleic Acid: Tighter is Different,” Chemical Communications, 49: 5618-5620, 2013.

5)   J.K. Watts and D.R. Corey, “Silencing disease genes in the laboratory and in the clinic,” Journal of Pathology, 226: 365-379, 2012.

4) J.K. Watts and D.R. Corey, “Clinical status of duplex RNA,” Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 20: 3203-3207, 2010.

3) G.F. Deleavey, J.K. Watts and M.J. Damha; “Chemical modification of siRNA,” Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Unit 16.3, 2009.   

2) J.K. Watts, G.F. Deleavey and M.J. Damha; “Chemically modified siRNA: Tools and applications,” Drug Discovery Today, 13: 842-855, 2008.

1) J.K. Watts and M.J. Damha; “2'F-Arabinonucleic acids (2'F-ANA): History, properties and new frontiers,” Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 86: 641-656, 2008.

Education & Philosophy of Science Publications

2)   D. Read, J.K. Watts, T.J. Wilson, “Partial flipping to enhance learning in lectures,” in The Flipped Classroom, J. Muzyka, ed, Washington, DC: ACS Books, 2017.

1)   J.K. Watts,Biological information, molecular structure and the origins debate,” Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 63: 231-239, 2011.