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Electrostatic interactions play a major role in protein-DNA interactions. As a model system of a cationic protein, herein we focused on a comb-type copolymer of a polycation backbone and dextran side chains, poly(L-lysine)-graft-dextran (PLL-g-Dex), which has been reported to form soluble interpolyelectrolyte complexes with DNA strands. We investigated the(More)
We systematically investigated effects of molecular crowding with trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) as a zwitterionic and protective osmolyte and urea as a nonionic denaturing osmolyte on conformation and thermodynamics of the canonical DNA duplex and the non-canonical DNA G-quadruplex. It was found that TMAO and urea stabilized and destabilized, respectively,(More)
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