Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Proton and phosphorus nmr have been used to investigate the double-helical structures of polyriboadenylic acid [poly(A)] formed in acidic solutions (pH 〈 6). The results obtained at low pH (∼4.5) are consistent with the model for the acid poly(A) double helix proposed by Rich [Rich, A., Davies, D. R., Crick, F. H. C. & Watson, J. D. (1961) J. Mol. Biol. 3, 71-86]. Other models that have been proposed are inconsistent with the nmr data. The nmr measurements have also been used to examine the conformation of poly(A) helix in the half-protonated state. Although the base-stacking arrangement of this state is similar to that observed in the more extensively protonated low-pH state, the phosphate backbone conformation is different from that found in either the neutral or low-pH structures.
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