Stabilization of a DNA duplex under molecular crowding conditions of PEG.

A living cell generally contains macromolecules occupying 20-40% of the total volume. To mimic the crowded cellular condition, we prepared solutions including poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as a cosolute and investigated the influence of the cosolute on the DNA duplex stability. In the presence of PEG 200 or PEG 8000, the Tm (melting temperature) of a self… CONTINUE READING