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Pulsed field-gradient NMR experiments can be used to measure the diffusion constants of nucleic acids. The diffusion constants measured in this way for double-helical DNAs of defined length agree well both with theory and with measurements done using other techniques. When applied to RNAs, this experiment easily distinguishes duplex RNAs from RNA hairpins(More)
Large quantities of RNA for study by NMR and X-ray crystallography can be produced by transcription reactions in vitro using T7 bacteriophage RNA polymerase. A limitation on producing RNA with this polymerase has been the strong dependence of the yield of the transcription reaction on the sequence at the 5' end of the RNA produced. We report a procedure for(More)
Recent developments in multidimensional heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy and large-scale synthesis of uniformly 13C- and 15N-labeled oligonucleotides have greatly improved the prospects for determination of the solution structure of RNA. However, there are circumstances in which it may be advantageous to label only a segment of the entire RNA chain. For(More)
The method of DNA cyclization kinetics reveals special properties of the TATAAACGCC sequence motif found in DNA sequences that have high affinity for core histones. Replacement of 30 bp of generic DNA by three 10-bp repeats of the motif in small cyclization constructs increases cyclization rates by two orders of magnitude. We document a 13 degrees bend in(More)
Integration Host Factor, IHF, is an E. coli DNA binding protein that imposes a substantial bend on DNA. Previous footprinting studies and bending assays have characterized several recognition sequences in the bacterial and lambda phage genome as unique in the way they are bound by IHF. We have chosen one of the lambda phage sites, H1, for study because it(More)
Using transferred cross-correlated relaxation and DFT calculations, the conformation of the relevant conformation of N5,N10-methylenetetrahydromethanopterin, a reaction intermediate bound to the 80 kD H2-forming N5,N10-methylenetetrahydromethanopterin dehydrogenase is determined. The conformation of the intermediate differs from the free form in solution(More)
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