Amplified primer extension assay for psoralen photoproducts provides a sensitive assay for a (CG)6TA(CG)2(TG)8 Z-DNA torsionally tuned probe: preferential psoralen photobinding to one strand of a B-Z junction.

An amplified primer extension assay has been developed for quantitatively mapping the sites of psoralen photoaddition to DNA. This assay was applied to a torsionally tuned Z-DNA-probe that was specifically designed for the primer extension assay. The torsionally tuned Z-DNA forming sequence, (CG)6TA(CG)2(TG)8, forms Z-DNA in vitro at negative superhelical… CONTINUE READING