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Biochemistry

Poly(8-bromodeoxyadenylic acid): properties of the polymer and contrast with the ribopolynucleotide analogue.


PMID 6487598

Abstract

Introduction of the bulky 8-bromo substituent into adenine residues of polynucleotides has strikingly different consequences in the deoxy- and ribopolynucleotide series. Poly(r8BrA) was found in earlier studies to form a very stable double-helical self-structure but not to undergo interaction with potentially complementary polynucleotides. We find that poly(d8BrA), in contrast, does not form an ordered self-structure in 0.1 M Na+ but appears to exist as an electrostatically expanded rigid rod with unusual circular dichroism (CD) properties at very low ionic strength. The deoxy polymer, moreover, readily forms double helices with either deoxy or ribo pyrimidine polynucleotides, studied by UV, CD, and IR spectroscopy. These complexes are destabilized, relative to those formed by poly(dA), possibly because energy is needed to convert the purine residues from a more stable syn to an anti conformation, required for heteroduplex formation. The CD spectrum of (d8BrA)n X (dT)n is similar to that of B DNA. The deoxy-ribo hybrids (d8BrA)n X (rU)n and (d8BrA)n X (rBrU)n have CD spectra resembling those of A DNA or RNA. Unlike other deoxy-deoxy pairs (d8BrA)n X (dBrU)n, however, has a CD spectrum resembling RNA and other helices having the A form.

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