Thank you for your interested in our RNA oligonucleotides. You are correct, the 3′ end of an unmodified oligonucleotide would be the terminal base in your sequence with hydroxyl groups (-OH) on the 2′ and 3′ sugars.
We also offer a variety of linkers that can be used to have different chemistries on the 5′ and 3′ end of an oligonucleotide. You can use an amino linker for reactions with and activated carbonyl and a thiol linker for reactions with maleimides. The order of the chemistry performed is important as a maleimide will react with the free amine.
Please let us know if you’d like to discuss your project or quote a new oligonucleotide.