Poly(8-aminoguanylic acid): formation of ordered self-structures and interaction with poly(cytidylic acid).

Citation:
Poly(8-aminoguanylic acid): formation of ordered self-structures and interaction with poly(cytidylic acid)., Hattori, M., Frazier J., and Miles H. T. , Biochemistry, 1975 Nov 18, Volume 14, Issue 23, p.5033-45, (1975) copy at http://profiles.uonbi.ac.ke/rmkibugi/publications/poly8-aminoguanylic-acid-formation-ordered-self-structures-and-interaction-pol

Abstract:

Poly(8-aminoguanylic acid) has in neutral solution a novel ordered structure of high stability. The 8-amino group permits formation of three hydrogen bonds between two residues along the "top", or long axis, of the purines. The usual hydrogen bonding protons and Watson-Crick pairing sites are not involved in the association. The bonding scheme has a twofold rotation axis and is hemiprotonated at N(7). Poly(8NH2G) is converted by alkaline titration (pK = 9.7) to a quite different ordered structure, which is the favored form over the range approximately pH 10-11. The bonding scheme appears to be composed of a planar, tetrameric array of guanine residues, in which the 8-amino group does not participate in interbase hydrogen bonding. Poly (8NH2G) does not interact with poly(C) in neutral solution because of the high stability of the hemiprotonated G-G self-structure. Titration to the alkaline plateau, however, permits ready formation of a two-stranded Watson-Crick helix. In contrast to the monomer 8NH2GMP, poly(8NH2G) does not form a triple helix with poly(C) under any conditions. The properties of the ordered structures are interpreted in terms of a strong tendency of the 8-amino group to form a third interbase hydrogen bond, when this possibility is not prevented by high pH.

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