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Definitions and nomenclature of nucleic acid structure parameters

Dickerson, RE and Bansal, Manju (1989) Definitions and nomenclature of nucleic acid structure parameters. In: EMBO Journal, 8 (1). pp. 1-4.

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At an EMBO Workshop on DNA Curvature and Bending, held at Churchill College, Cambridge, on 10-15 September 1988, two sessions were scheduled on definitions of parameters used to describe the geometry of nucleic acid chains and helices, and a common nomenclature for these parameters. The most widely used library of helix analysis programs, HELIB (Fratini et al., 1982; Dickerson, 1985) suffers from the fact that the translations and rotations as defined are not fully independent and depend to a certain extent upon the choice of overall helix axis. Several research groups have been engaged independently in developing alternative programs for the geometrical analysis of polynucleotide chains, but with different definitions of quantities calculated and with widely different nomenclature even when the same parameter was involved.

Item Type: Editorials/Short Communications
Publication: EMBO Journal
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Nature Publishing Group.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 10:07
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2011 10:08
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/35299

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