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Stability of the different arms of a DNA tetrahedron and its interaction with a minor groove ligand

Stability of the different arms of a DNA tetrahedron and its interaction with a minor groove ligand
Stability of the different arms of a DNA tetrahedron and its interaction with a minor groove ligand
DNA strands can be designed to assemble into stable three-dimensional structures, based on Watson-Crick base pairing rules. The simplest of these is the DNA tetrahedron that is composed of four oligonucleotides. We have re-designed the sequence of a DNA tetrahedron so that it contains a single (AATT) binding site for the minor groove binding ligand Hoechst 33258. We examined the stability of this structure by placing fluorescent groups within each of its edges and have shown that all the edges melt at the same temperature in the absence of the ligand. The minor groove ligand still binds to its recognition sequence within the tetrahedron and increases the melting temperature of the folded complex. This ligand-induced stabilisation is propagated into the adjacent helical arms and the tetrahedron melts as a single entity in a cooperative fashion.
0301-4622
Carter, Michael L.J.
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Rusling, David A.
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Gurr, Steven
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Brown, Tom
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Fox, Keith R.
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Carter, Michael L.J.
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Rusling, David A.
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Gurr, Steven
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Brown, Tom
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Fox, Keith R.
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Carter, Michael L.J., Rusling, David A., Gurr, Steven, Brown, Tom and Fox, Keith R. (2020) Stability of the different arms of a DNA tetrahedron and its interaction with a minor groove ligand. Biophysical Chemistry, [106270]. (doi:10.1016/j.bpc.2019.106270).

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Abstract

DNA strands can be designed to assemble into stable three-dimensional structures, based on Watson-Crick base pairing rules. The simplest of these is the DNA tetrahedron that is composed of four oligonucleotides. We have re-designed the sequence of a DNA tetrahedron so that it contains a single (AATT) binding site for the minor groove binding ligand Hoechst 33258. We examined the stability of this structure by placing fluorescent groups within each of its edges and have shown that all the edges melt at the same temperature in the absence of the ligand. The minor groove ligand still binds to its recognition sequence within the tetrahedron and increases the melting temperature of the folded complex. This ligand-induced stabilisation is propagated into the adjacent helical arms and the tetrahedron melts as a single entity in a cooperative fashion.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2 October 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 21 October 2019
Published date: January 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 435171
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/435171
ISSN: 0301-4622
PURE UUID: bb1acba3-8a4a-4fb4-b0bd-b80c17f1791e
ORCID for David A. Rusling: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7442-686X
ORCID for Keith R. Fox: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2925-7315

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Date deposited: 25 Oct 2019 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 01:50

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