The R-form of DNA does exist.


Oligonucleotide 5'-d(CATGCTAACT)-L-d(AGTTAGCATG)-L-d(CATGCTAACT)-3' [L = pO(CH2CH2O)3p] is shown to fold back on itself twice forming at pH 7 a sufficiently stable triplex (Tm is about 30 degrees C) with parallel-orientated identical strands (the recombinant or R-form of DNA). Experimental evidence was obtained by studying thermal denaturation, chemical… (More)