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Biochemistry. 1993 Mar 2;32(8):1899-904.

A DNA aptamer which binds to and inhibits thrombin exhibits a new structural motif for DNA.

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Chemistry Department, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut 06459.

Abstract

The investigation of the three-dimensional structure of the DNA aptamer d(G1G2T3-T4G5G6T7G8T9G10G11T12T13G14G15) which binds to and inhibits thrombin has been carried out by NMR methods. This DNA exhibits a number of long-range NOEs between residues which are not adjacent in sequence, which allowed the determination of the novel tertiary structure adopted. This DNA adopts a highly compact, highly symmetrical structure which consists of two tetrads of guanosine base pairs and three loops. The residues of the tetrads alternate anti-syn-anti-syn. This novel structural motif for DNA may also be relevant to the structure of telomere DNA.

PMID:
8448147
DOI:
10.1021/bi00059a003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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