The 20-mer bridged oligodeoxynucleotides containing short oligomers joined by the hexamethylenediol and hexaethylene glycol linkers were shown to form complementary DNA/DNA and RNA/DNA complexes whose thermostability depends on the length and number of the nonnucleotide linkers. Hybrid complexes of the bridged oligonucleotides proved to be substrates for the E. coli ribonuclease H. The presence of one-three nonnucleotide linkers in a 20-mer decreased the hydrolysis efficacy only 1.2-1.4-fold. It is the composition of the RNA cleavage products that was influenced the most significantly by the nonnucleotide linkers. RNase H simultaneously hydrolyzed the RNA 3'-ends of each hybrid duplex involving a bridged oligonucleotide. The presence of an inverted 3'-3'-phosphodiester bond at the 3'-end of the oligodeoxyribonucleotide only slightly affected the RNase H activity.