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Zoolog Sci 1996 Feb 01;131:105-9. doi: 10.2108/zsj.13.105.
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A triplex DNA structure of the polypyrimidine: polypurine stretch in the 5'' flanking region of the sea urchin arylsulfatase gene.

Sakamoto N , Akasaka K , Yamamoto T , Shimada H .

Previously we reported that a long (522 bp) polypyrimidine: polypurine stretch in the 5'' flanking region of the arylsulfatase gene of the sea urchin, Hemicentrotus pulcherrimus, took an unusual, perhaps triplex, DNA structure, when subjected to an acidic pH (pH 5) (Yamamoto et al., 1994). In the present study we have isolated a polypyrimidine: polypurine containing fragment from the arylsulfatase gene and surveyed the sensitivities of the polypyrimidine: polypurine stretch to base modification by diethylpyrocarbonate and osmium tetroxide under various levels of negative supercoiling. Based on the sensitivity of highly negatively supercoiled DNA to these base-modifying reagents, we conclude that, when highly negatively supercoiled, the polypyrimidine: polypurine stretch can take a triplex DNA structure even at a neutral pH and under physiological ionic strength in the presence of Mg2+.

PubMed ID: 8688804
Article link: Zoolog Sci

Genes referenced: LOC100887844 LOC575336