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The stability of Seeman JX DNA topoisomers of paranemic crossover (PX) molecules as a function of crossover number

Maiti, Prabal K and Pascal, Tod A and Vaidehi, Nagarajan and Goddard, William A (2004) The stability of Seeman JX DNA topoisomers of paranemic crossover (PX) molecules as a function of crossover number. In: Nucleic Acids Research, 32 (20). pp. 6047-6056.

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Abstract

We use molecular dynamics simulations in explicit water and salt $(Na^+)$ to determine the effect of varying the number of crossover points onthe structure and stability of the PX65 paranemic crossover DNA molecule and its JXM topoisomers (M denotes the number of missing crossover points), recently synthesized by the Seeman group at New York University. We find that PX65, with six crossover points, is the most stable, and that the stability decreases monotonically with the number of crossover points PX65 > JX1 > JX2 > JX3 > JX4, with 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 crossover points, respectively. Thus, for PX65/JX1, the strain energy is ~3 kcal/mol/bp, while it is ~13 kcal/mol/bp forJX2, JX3 and JX4. Another measure of the stability is the change in the structure from the minimum energy structure to the equilibrium structure at 300 K, denoted as root-mean-square deviation incoordinates (CRMSD). We find that CRMSD is ~3.5 Å for PX65, increases to 6 Å for JX1 and increases to 10 Å forJX2/JX3/JX4. As the number of crossover points decreases, the distance between the two double helical domains of the PX/JX molecules increases from similar to 20 Å for PX65 to 23 Å for JX4. This indicates that JX2, JX3 and JX4 are less likely to form, at least in with $Na^+$. However, in all the cases, the two double helical domains have average helicoidal parameters similar to a typical B-DNA of similar length and base sequence.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to Oxford University Press.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2005
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2012 09:30
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/2531

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