Donald M. Gray

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The pyr*pur.pyr type of nucleic acid triplex has a purine strand that is Hoogsteen-paired with a parallel pyrimidine strand (pyr*pur pair) and that is Watson-Crick-paired with an antiparallel pyrimidine strand (pur.pyr pair). In most cases, the Watson-Crick pair is more stable than the Hoogsteen pair, although stable formation of DNA Hoogsteen-paired(More)
Vacuum UV circular dichroism (CD) spectra were measured down to 174 nm for five homopolymers, five duplexes, and four triplexes containing adenine, uracil, and thymine. Near 190 nm, the CD bands of poly[d(A)] and poly[r(A)] were larger than the CD bands of the polypyrimidines, poly[d(T)], poly[d(U)], and poly[r(U)]. Little change was observed in the 190 nm(More)
BACKGROUND The enumeration of tetrameric and other sequence motifs that are positively or negatively correlated with in vivo antisense DNA effects has been a useful addition to the arsenal of information needed to predict effective targets for antisense DNA control of gene expression. Such retrospective information derived from in vivo cellular experiments(More)
Circular dichroism (CD) and UV absorption data showed that poly[d(G-C)] (at 0.09M NaCl, 0.01M Na+ (phosphate), 20 degrees C) underwent two conformational transitions upon lowering of the pH by the addition of HCl. The first transition was complete at about pH 3.0. The second transition was complete upon lowering the pH to 2.6 or upon raising the(More)
CD spectra and difference-CD spectra of (a) two DNA X RNA hybrid duplexes (poly[r(A) X d(U)] and poly[r(A) X d(T)]) and (b) three hybrid triplexes (poly-[d(T) X r(A) X d(T)], poly[r(U) X d(A) X r(U)], and poly[r(T) X d(A) X r(T)]) were obtained and compared with CD spectra of six A X U- and A X T-containing duplex and triplex RNAs and DNAs. We found that(More)
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