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Energy Hyperspace for Stacking Interaction in AU/AU Dinucleotide Step: Dispersion-Corrected Density Functional Theory Study

Mukherjee, Sanchita and Kailasam, Senthilkumar and Bansal, Manju and Bhattacharyya, Dhananjay (2014) Energy Hyperspace for Stacking Interaction in AU/AU Dinucleotide Step: Dispersion-Corrected Density Functional Theory Study. In: BIOPOLYMERS, 101 (1). pp. 107-120.

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Double helical structures of DNA and RNA are mostly determined by base pair stacking interactions, which give them the base sequence-directed features, such as small roll values for the purine-pyrimidine steps. Earlier attempts to characterize stacking interactions were mostly restricted to calculations on fiber diffraction geometries or optimized structure using ab initio calculations lacking variation in geometry to comment on rather unusual large roll values observed in AU/AU base pair step in crystal structures of RNA double helices. We have generated stacking energy hyperspace by modeling geometries with variations along the important degrees of freedom, roll, and slide, which were chosen via statistical analysis as maximally sequence dependent. Corresponding energy contours were constructed by several quantum chemical methods including dispersion corrections. This analysis established the most suitable methods for stacked base pair systems despite the limitation imparted by number of atom in a base pair step to employ very high level of theory. All the methods predict negative roll value and near-zero slide to be most favorable for the purine-pyrimidine steps, in agreement with Calladine's steric clash based rule. Successive base pairs in RNA are always linked by sugar-phosphate backbone with C3-endo sugars and this demands C1-C1 distance of about 5.4 angstrom along the chains. Consideration of an energy penalty term for deviation of C1-C1 distance from the mean value, to the recent DFT-D functionals, specifically B97X-D appears to predict reliable energy contour for AU/AU step. Such distance-based penalty improves energy contours for the other purine-pyrimidine sequences also. (c) 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers 101: 107-120, 2014.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: BIOPOLYMERS
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to WILEY-BLACKWELL, 111 RIVER ST, HOBOKEN 07030-5774, NJ USA
Keywords: basepair; dinucleotide step; DFT-D; dispersion; RNA duplex; RNA chain length
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 07:42
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2013 07:42
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/47879

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