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Sequence-dependent conformation of an A-DNA double helix: The crystal structure of the octamer d(G-G-T-A-T-A-C-C)

Shakked, Z and Rabinovich, D and Kennard, O and Cruse, WBT and Salisbury, SA and Viswamitra, MA (1983) Sequence-dependent conformation of an A-DNA double helix: The crystal structure of the octamer d(G-G-T-A-T-A-C-C). In: Journal of Molecular Biology, 166 (2). pp. 183-201.

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The crystal structures of the synthetic self-complementary octamer d(G-G-T-A-T-A-C-C) and its 5-bromouracil-containing analogue have been refined to R values of 20% and 14% at resolutions of 1·8 and 2·25 Å, respectively. The molecules adopt an A-DNA type double-helical conformation, which is minimally affected by crystal forces. A detailed analysis of the structure shows a considerable influence of the nucleotide sequence on the base-pair stacking patterns. In particular, the electrostatic stacking interactions between adjacent guanine and thymine bases produce symmetric bending of the double helix and a major-groove widening. The sugar-phosphate backbone appears to be only slightly affected by the base sequence. The local variations in the base-pair orientation are brought about by correlated adjustments in the backbone torsion angles and the glycosidic orientation. Sequence-dependent conformational variations of the type observed here may contribute to the specificity of certain protein-DNA interactions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Molecular Biology
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2010 07:26
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:37
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/21442

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