Biography:

In the past Nancy C. Stellwagen has collaborated on articles with Yongjun Lu. One of their most recent publications is Monovalent Cation Binding by Curved DNA Molecules Containing Variable Numbers of A-Tracts☆☆☆. Which was published in journal Biophysical Journal.

More information about Nancy C. Stellwagen research including statistics on their citations can be found on their Copernicus Academic profile page.

Nancy C. Stellwagen's Articles: (2)

Monovalent Cation Binding by Curved DNA Molecules Containing Variable Numbers of A-Tracts☆☆☆

AbstractMonovalent cation binding by DNA A-tracts, runs of four or more contiguous adenine or thymine residues, has been determined for two curved ∼200 basepair (bp) restriction fragments, one taken from the M13 origin of replication and the other from the VP1 gene of SV40. These two fragments have previously been shown to contain stable, centrally located bends of 44° and 46°, respectively, located within ∼60 bp “curvature modules” containing four or five irregularly spaced A-tracts. Transient electric birefringence measurements of these two fragments, sequence variants containing reduced numbers of A-tracts in the SV40 curvature module or changes in the residues flanking the A-tracts in the M13 curvature module, have been combined with the free solution electrophoretic mobilities of the same fragments using known equations to estimate the effective charge of each fragment. The effective charge is reduced, on average, by one-third charge for each A-tract in the curvature module, suggesting that each A-tract binds a monovalent cation approximately one-third of the time. Monovalent cation binding to two or more A-tracts is required to observe significant curvature of the DNA helix axis.

ReviewEffect of the matrix on DNA electrophoretic mobility

AbstractDNA electrophoretic mobilities are highly dependent on the nature of the matrix in which the separation takes place. This review describes the effect of the matrix on DNA separations in agarose gels, polyacrylamide gels and solutions containing entangled linear polymers, correlating the electrophoretic mobilities with information obtained from other types of studies. DNA mobilities in various sieving media are determined by the interplay of three factors: the relative size of the DNA molecule with respect to the effective pore size of the matrix, the effect of the electric field on the matrix, and specific interactions of DNA with the matrix during electrophoresis.

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