Crystal structure of the highly distorted chimeric decamer r(C)d(CGGCGCCG)r(G).spermine complex--spermine binding to phosphate only and minor groove tertiary base-pairing.

The crystal structure of the self-complementary chimeric decamer duplex r(C)d(CGGCGCCG)r(G), with RNA base pairs at both termini, has been solved at 1.9 A resolution by the molecular replacement method and refined to an R value of 0.145 for 2,314 reflections. The C3'-endo sugar puckers of the terminal riboses apparently drive the entire chimeric duplex into… (More)