Unique physical signature of DNA curvature and its implications for structure and dynamics.


A particularly sensitive birefringence technique is used to analyze a curved DNA fragment with 118 bp and a standard DNA with 119 bp. At salt concentrations from 0.5 to 10 mM, both fragments show the usual negative stationary birefringence and monotonic transients - differences are relatively small. At 100 mM salt the curved DNA shows a positive stationary… (More)


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