Journal article

Sedimentation analysis of novel DNA structures formed by homo-oligonucleotides

DM Hatters, L Wilson, BW Atcliffe, TD Mulhern, N Guzzo-Pernell, GJ Howlett

BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL | CELL PRESS | Published : 2001

Abstract

Sedimentation velocity analysis has been used to examine the base-specific structural conformations and unusual hydrogen bonding patterns of model oligonucleotides. Homo-oligonucleotides composed of 8-28 residues of dA, dT, or dC nucleotides in 100 mM sodium phosphate, pH 7.4, at 20 degrees C behave as extended monomers. Comparison of experimentally determined sedimentation coefficients with theoretical values calculated for assumed helical structures show that dT and dC oligonucleotides are more compact than dA oligonucleotides. For dA oligonucleotides, the average width (1.7 nm), assuming a cylindrical model, is smaller than for control duplex DNA whereas the average rise per base (0.34 nm..

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