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Enhanced Tetrahedral Ordering of Water Molecules in Minor Grooves of DNA: Relative Role of DNA Rigidity, Nanoconfinement, and Surface Specific Interactions

Jana, Biman and Pal, Subrata and Bagchi, Biman (2010) Enhanced Tetrahedral Ordering of Water Molecules in Minor Grooves of DNA: Relative Role of DNA Rigidity, Nanoconfinement, and Surface Specific Interactions. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 114 (10). pp. 3633-3638.

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Abstract

Confinement and Surface specific interactions call induce Structures otherwise unstable at that temperature and pressure. Here we Study the groove specific water dynamics ill the nucleic acid sequences, poly-AT and poly-GC, in long B-DNA duplex chains by large scale atomistic molecular dynamics simulations, accompanied by thermodynamic analysis. While water dynamics in the major groove remains insensitive to the sequence differences, exactly the opposite is true for the minor groove water. Much slower water dynamics observed in the minor grooves (especially in the AT minor) call be attributed to all enhanced tetrahedral ordering (< t(h)>) of water. The largest value of < t(h)> in the AT minor groove is related to the spine of hydration found in X-ray Structure. The calculated configurational entropy (S-C) of the water molecules is found to be correlated with the self-diffusion coefficient of water in different region via Adam-Gibbs relation D = A exp(-B/TSC), and also with < t(h)>.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010 10:49
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:58
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/26638

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