Stability distribution in the phage lambda-DNA double helix: a correlation between physical and genetic structure

Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
A Wada, A Suyama

Abstract

Statistical analyses on the positional correlation of physical-stability and base-sequence distribution maps with genetic map are made for the whole DNA (48502 bases) of lambda-phage. The susceptibility to a double-helix unfolding perturbation and the fraction of the transient opening of a particular region of the double helix are adopted to define this physical stability. The principal features obtained are: A) The DNA double strand of protein coding regions is found to have homostabilizing propensity around a defined stability which is characteristic to each individual gene. B) The stability of the double helix in non-protein coding region fluctuates, on average over the whole region, more than that in protein coding region. C) Boundary regions of protein coding and non-protein coding regions are regions of high stability-fluctuation. Stability especially fluctuates at the protein-coding-region side of the boundary. Contrary to the quiet feature of the interior part of protein coding region rather noisy part exists at its edge. D) One frequently opening region coincides with the attaching site for the site specific recombination between phage and bacterial DNA. There are two possible ways to explain the noisy feature in the s...Continue Reading

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