Brigitte Hartmann

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Sugar phosphate backbone conformations are a structural element inextricably involved in a complete understanding of specific recognition nucleic acid ligand interactions, from early stage discrimination of the correct target to complexation per se, including any structural adaptation on binding. The collective results of high resolution DNA, RNA and(More)
Sugar-phosphate backbone conformations are an important structural element for a complete understanding of specific recognition in nucleic acid-protein interactions. They can be involved both in early stages of target discrimination and in structural adaptation upon binding. In the first part of this study, we have analyzed high-resolution structures of(More)
The primary structure of hevamine, an enzyme with lysozyme/chitinase activity from Hevea brasiliensis latex, has been determined predominantly with conventional non-automatic methods. The positions of three disulfide bridges have been determined. The sequence has about 60% identity with that of a chitinase from cucumber and 95% with the N-terminal sequence(More)
B-DNA flexibility, crucial for DNA-protein recognition, is sequence dependent. Free DNA in solution would in principle be the best reference state to uncover the relation between base sequences and their intrinsic flexibility; however, this has long been hampered by a lack of suitable experimental data. We investigated this relationship by compiling and(More)
Molecular modelling is used to study the conformational and energetic aspects of BI-BII transitions within the backbone of a B-DNA dodecamer d(CATGACGTCATG) whose fine structure has previously been determined by molecular modelling combined with NMR spectroscopy. It is shown that while the dodecamer under investigation does not contain any BII junctions,(More)
BACKGROUND The nuclear factor kappa B (NF kappaB) transcription factor, which shuttles between the cytoplasm and the nucleus under specific conditions, is a suitable intracellular target to increase the nuclear import of plasmid DNA. We report the design of an optimized and extended NF kappaB DNA binding sequence that promotes an efficient plasmid nuclear(More)
Two rabbits were immunized with native DNA modified in vitro by cis-dichlorodiammineplatinum(II) (cis-Pt). The interactions between the antiserum and several natural and synthetic nucleic acids were studied primarily by radioimmunoassays. Native DNA's modified by platinum compounds with labile groups in the cis position are recognized by the antiserum. No(More)
The structurally correlated dihedral angles epsilon and zeta are known for their large variability within the B-DNA backbone. We have used molecular modelling to study both energetic and mechanical features of these variations which can produce BI/BII transitions. Calculations were carried out on DNA oligomers containing either YpR or RpY dinucleotides(More)
We present the solution structure of the nonpalindromic 16 bp DNA 5'd(CTGCTCACTTTCCAGG)3'. 5'd(CCTGGAAAGTGAGCAG)3' containing a mutated kappaB site for which the mutation of a highly conserved GGG tract of the native kappaB HIV-1 site to CTC abolishes NF-kappaB binding. 1H and 31P NMR spectroscopies have been used together with molecular modeling to(More)