Jessica Valle-Orero

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The melting transition of DNA, whereby the strands of the double-helix structure completely separate at a certain temperature, has been characterized using neutron scattering. A Bragg peak from B-form fiber DNA has been measured as a function of temperature, and its widths and integrated intensities have been interpreted using the Peyrard-Bishop-Dauxois(More)
Despite numerous attempts, understanding the thermal denaturation of DNA is still a challenge due to the lack of structural data on the transition since standard experimental approaches to DNA melting are made in solution and do not provide spatial information. We report a measurement using neutron scattering from oriented DNA fibers to determine the size(More)
A new method of finely temperature-tuning osmotic pressure allows one to identify the cholesteric → line hexatic transition of oriented or unoriented long-fragment DNA bundles in monovalent salt solutions as first order, with a small but finite volume discontinuity. This transition is similar to the osmotic pressure-induced expanded → condensed DNA(More)
We use differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to study the properties of DNA films, made of oriented fibers, heated above the thermal denaturation temperature of the double helical form. The films show glassy properties that we investigate in two series of experiments, a slow cooling at different rates followed by a DSC scan upon heating and aging at a(More)
A new method of finely temperature-tuning osmotic pressure allows one to identify the cholesteric R line hexatic transition of oriented or unoriented long-fragment DNA bundles in monovalent salt solutions as first order, with a small but finite volume discontinuity. This transition is similar to the osmotic pressure-induced expanded R condensed DNA(More)
Double-helix DNA molecules can be found under different conformational structures driven by ionic and hydration surroundings. Usually, only the B-form of DNA, which is the only form stable in aqueous solution, can be studied by dielectric measurements. Here, the dielectric responses of DNA molecules in the A- and B-form, oriented co-linearly within fibres(More)
To date, fiber diffraction on A-form NaDNA has always shown a B-form contamination. Here we have used optic microscopy, calorimetry, and neutron scattering techniques to define a method to obtain DNA fibres samples whose molecules are purely in the A-form. When the impure sample is heated to 320 K, the DNA molecules in the B-form undergo a transition into(More)
A pilot study of the possibility to investigate temperature-dependent neutron scattering from fiber-DNA in solution is presented. The study aims to establish the feasibility of experiments to probe the influence of spatial confinement on the structural correlation and the formation of denatured bubbles in DNA during the melting transition. Calorimetry and(More)
The DNA molecule can take various conformational forms. Investigations focus mainly on the so-called 'B-form', schematically drawn in the famous paper by Watson and Crick [1]. This is the usual form of DNA in a biological environment and is the only form that is stable in an aqueous environment. Other forms, however, can teach us much about DNA. They have(More)
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