Oct 1, 1977

A compact from of methylated DNA is solutions containing poly (ethylene glycol)

Nucleic Acids Research
N AkimenkoY M Varshavsky


Some peculiarities of compactization of double-stranded DNA molecules containing methylated nitrogen bases have been studied in water-salt solutions of PEG. It is shown that the methylation of N7-atoms of guanyl residues in original DNA molecules does not prevent the formation of DNA compact particles, but results in a decrease of the amplitude of the negative band in the CD spectrum of compact particles. The influence of N7-guanine methylation on the shape of the CD spectrum being the greater, the lower is the concentration of PEG. The dependence of the negative band amplitude in the CD spectrum on the content of methylated guanyl residues is practically the same for low-molecular weight DNA's from different sources. The observed decrease in the negative band amplitude is interpreted as a result of alterration of guanyl residue orientation relative to the helix axis which leads to diminished optical activity of the "microcrystalline" domains of compact particles. The evidence obtained suggests that changes in the secondary structure of DNA lead to considerable difference between CD spectra of compact particles of methlated DNA and psi-form of DNA. (The changes in the CD spectrum of the DNA compact particles occur also as a res...Continue Reading

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RNA Conformation
Molecular Helix
Ethylene Glycol Measurement
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Helix (Snails)
Electron Microscopy

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