Arunachalam Thirugnanasambandam

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High-resolution structures of DNA fragments determined using X-ray crystallography or NMR have provided descriptions of a veritable alphabet of conformations. They have also shown that DNA is a flexible molecule, with some sequences capable of adopting two different structures. Here, the first example is presented of a DNA fragment that can assume three(More)
We present here a comparison of three different X-ray crystal structures of DNA tetradecamer sequence d(CCCGGGTACCCGGG)2 all at about 1.7 Å resolution. The sequence was designed as an attempt to form a DNA four-way junction with A-type helical arms. However, in the presence of zinc, magnesium, and in the absence of any metal ion, it does not take up the(More)
The structure of the decadeoxyribonucleotide d(GCATGCATGC) is presented at a resolution of 1.8 Å. The decamer adopts a novel double-folded structure in which the direction of progression of the backbone changes at the two thymine residues. Intra-strand stacking interactions (including an interaction between the endocylic O atom of a ribose moiety and the(More)
The genetic basis of resistance to Rhynchosporium commune was investigated in a winter barley mapping population derived from a cross between cultivars Saffron (moderately susceptible) and Retriever (moderately resistant). Resistance was assessed in field trials through total infection (measured using qPCR), and visible disease symptoms. Phenotypic(More)
The X-ray crystal structure of the DNA tetradecamer sequence d(CCGGGGTACCCCGG)2 is reported at 1.4 Å resolution in the tetragonal space group P41212. The sequence was designed to fold as a four-way junction. However, it forms an A-type double helix in the presence of barium chloride. The metal ion could not be identified in the electron-density map. The(More)
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