Warner L. Peticolas

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The now well-established use of Raman spectroscopy to examine the structure of biomembranes is extended through an examination of the origins of the structure-sensitive features of phospholipid spectra and the development of quantitative order-parameters. One parameter gives a quantitative measure of the fraction of all-trans bonds in the hydrocarbon chains(More)
Raman spectra of fibers of DNA that have been prepared in the A, B, and C forms are presented and compared with Raman spectra of DNA and RNA in dilute solution. It is shown that the phosphate vibrations in the region 750-850 cm(-1) are very sensitive to the specific conformation of the phosphate group in the backbone chain and are virtually independent of(More)
Normal modes analyses for different molecules with biological interest have been performed and checked via the calculation of resonance Raman intensities. For this purpose, molecular orbital calculations were used to determine bond order changes in the lowest-lying electronic transitions. These bond order changes were used to calculate resonance Raman(More)
The coexistence of both A form and B form tracts and formation of an A-B junction in the oligomer d(GGGGGTTTTT).d(AAAAACCCCC) in saturated sodium chloride solution have been detected by Raman spectroscopy. The entire duplex adopts the familiar B-form conformation in aqueous solution at low salt concentrations (0.1M NaCl). In 6M NaCl the adoption of an A(More)
Raman difference spectroscopy has been applied to aqueous dispersions of dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPPC). Difference spectra have been created by computer subtraction of absolute Raman spectra taken in each of three different temperature ranges: below the endothermic pretransition at 34 +/- 2 degrees C; between this temperature and the melting(More)
An investigation has been made into the effect produced by photo-induced pyrimidine cross-links upon the secondary structure of DNA. We have studied the effect of uv irradiation upon the B in equilibrium A transition in DNA brought about by a change of solvent from 70 to 80% ethanol. Circular dichroism (CD) was used to monitor the conformational changes.(More)