PMID: 3882152Mar 8, 1985Paper

The circular dichroism properties of phi W-14 DNA containing alpha-putrescinylthymine

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
S SpetterS Hanlon


The circular dichroism properties of phi W-14 DNA containing alpha-putrescinylthymine and its acetylated derivative have been examined in a number of aqueous solvents. Native phi W-14 DNA exhibits a B-type CD spectrum whose characteristics do not entirely conform to what would be expected for its GC content (51%). The conformationally sensitive positive band above 260 nm has a rotational strength greater than that normally found in prokaryotic DNAs of comparable GC content, such as Escherichia coli DNA. The rotational strength of this band in the spectrum of the heat-denatured form of phi W-14 DNA, however, is similar to that of heat denatured E. coli DNA. Abolition of the positive charge on the putrescine residues of native phi W-14 DNA by reaction with CH2O or by acetylation reduces the rotational strength to a level appropriate for its GC content. Increases in the electrolyte content of the solvent have the same effect, although the rotational strength of this band in phi W-14 DNA does not become comparable to that of E. coli DNA until 6-7 M LiCl. Titration to pH 10.6 in solvents of modest electrolyte content, however, fails to appreciably affect the CD spectral properties of either native phi W-14 DNA or the derivative in w...Continue Reading


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