Counterion association with native and denatured nucleic acids: an experimental approach.


The melting temperature of the poly(dA) . poly(dT) double helix is exquisitely sensitive to salt concentration, and the helix-to-coil transition is sharp. Modern calorimetric instrumentation allows this transition to be detected and characterized with high precision at extremely low duplex concentrations. We have taken advantage of these properties to show… (More)


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