The flexibility of DNA double crossover molecules

Phiset Sa-Ardyen, Alexander V. Vologodskii, Nadrian Seeman

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Abstract

Double crossover molecules are DNA structures containing two Holliday junctions connected by two double helical arms. There are several types of double crossover molecules, differentiated by the relative orientations of their helix axes, parallel or antiparallel, and by the number of double helical half-turns (even or odd) between the two crossovers. They are found as intermediates in meiosis and they have been used extensively in structural DNA nanotechnology for the construction of one-dimensional and two-dimensional arrays and in a DNA nanomechanical device. Whereas the parallel double helical molecules are usually not well behaved, we have focused on the antiparallel molecules; antiparallel molecules with an even number of half-turns between crossovers (termed DAE molecules) produce a reporter strand when ligated, facilitating their characterization in a ligation cyclization assay. Hence, we have estimated the flexibility of antiparallel DNA double crossover molecules by means of ligation-closure experiments. We are able to show that these molecules are approximately twice as rigid as linear duplex DNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3829-3837
Number of pages9
JournalBiophysical Journal
Volume84
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003

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Sa-Ardyen, P., Vologodskii, A. V., & Seeman, N. (2003). The flexibility of DNA double crossover molecules. Biophysical Journal, 84(6), 3829-3837.

The flexibility of DNA double crossover molecules. / Sa-Ardyen, Phiset; Vologodskii, Alexander V.; Seeman, Nadrian.

In: Biophysical Journal, Vol. 84, No. 6, 01.06.2003, p. 3829-3837.

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Sa-Ardyen, P, Vologodskii, AV & Seeman, N 2003, 'The flexibility of DNA double crossover molecules', Biophysical Journal, vol. 84, no. 6, pp. 3829-3837.
Sa-Ardyen P, Vologodskii AV, Seeman N. The flexibility of DNA double crossover molecules. Biophysical Journal. 2003 Jun 1;84(6):3829-3837.
Sa-Ardyen, Phiset ; Vologodskii, Alexander V. ; Seeman, Nadrian. / The flexibility of DNA double crossover molecules. In: Biophysical Journal. 2003 ; Vol. 84, No. 6. pp. 3829-3837.
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