Increased binding of ethidium bromide to polynucleotide duplexes containing mismatched bases

David C. Helfgott, Neville R. Kallenbach

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The binding of the intercalating dye ethidium bromide to a series of synthetic polynucleotide duplexes containing varying concentrations of mismatched banes has been measured by fluorescence titration. The dye binds more strongly to duplexes with mismatches, the estimated increase in affinity being twenty-fold for the series of molecules poly (I)·poly (C,Ax) with x denoting the mole fraction of mismatched A residues in the C strand. The results are consistent with one requirement of the Streisinger model for frameshift mutagenesis, namely that frameshifting agents can function by stabilizing mismatched transient intermediates in DNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1011-1018
Number of pages8
JournalNucleic acids research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 25 1979

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  • Genetics

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