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Nucleic Acids Res. 1985 Mar 11;13(5):1683-701.

Concordance of experimentally mapped or predicted Z-DNA sites with positions of selected alternating purine-pyrimidine tracts.

Abstract

The recent electronmicroscopic and biochemical mapping of Z-DNA sites in phi X174, SV40, pBR322 and PM2 DNAs has been used to determine two sets of criteria for identification of potential Z-DNA sequences in natural DNA genomes. The prediction of potential Z-DNA tracts and corresponding statistical analysis of their occurrence have been made on a sample of 14 DNA genomes. Alternating purine and pyrimidine tracts longer than 5 base pairs in length and their clusters (quasi alternating fragments) in the 14 genomes studied are under-represented compared to the expectation from corresponding random sequences. The fragments [d(G X C)]n and [d(C X G)]n (n greater than or equal to 3) in general do not occur in circular DNA genomes and are under-represented in the linear DNAs of phages lambda and T7, whereas in linear genomes of adenoviruses they are strongly over-represented. With minor exceptions, potential Z-DNA sites are also under-represented compared to random sequences. In the 14 genomes studied, predicted Z-DNA tracts occur in non-coding as well as in protein coding regions. The predicted Z-DNA sites in phi X174, SV40, pBR322 and PM2 correspond well with those mapped experimentally. A complete listing together with a compact graphical representation of alternating purine-pyrimidine fragments and their Z-forming potential are presented.

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4000942
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PMC341105
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