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Title: Thermal denaturation of A-DNA
Authors: Valle-Orero, J
Wildes, AR
Theodorakopoulos, N
Cuesta-López, S
Garden, JL
Danilkin, SA
Peyrard, M
Keywords: DNA
Aqueous solutions
Thermodynamic activity
Thermal analysis
Issue Date: 7-Nov-2014
Publisher: IOP Science
Citation: Valle-Orero, J., Wildes, A. R., Theodorakopoulos, N., Cuesta-López, S., Garden, J. L., Danilkin, S., & Peyrard, M. (2014). Thermal denaturation of A-DNA. New Journal of Physics, 16, 13017. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/16/11/113017
Abstract: The DNA molecule can take various conformational forms. Investigations focus mainly on the so-called 'B-form', schematically drawn in the famous paper by Watson and Crick [1]. This is the usual form of DNA in a biological environment and is the only form that is stable in an aqueous environment. Other forms, however, can teach us much about DNA. They have the same nucleotide base pairs for 'building blocks' as B-DNA, but with different relative positions, and studying these forms gives insight into the interactions between elements under conditions far from equilibrium in the B-form. Studying the thermal denaturation is particularly interesting because it provides a direct probe of those interactions which control the growth of the fluctuations when the 'melting' temperature is approached. Here we report such a study on the 'A-form' using calorimetry and neutron scattering. We show that it can be carried further than a similar study on B-DNA, requiring the improvement of thermodynamic models for DNA.© 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
Gov't Doc #: 7661
ISSN: 1367-2630
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