MOLECULAR DYNAMICS STUDY OF NON-HYDROGEN-BONDING BASE-PAIR DNA DUPLEX d(GTCDNAM GCGCCGTGGC). d(GCCACGGCGCD5SICSGAC)

  • Rakesh Kumar Tiwari DDU Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur

Abstract

Objective: The objective of the study was to elucidate the structural activity of a natural DNA sequence modified by a hydrophobic base-pair which didn’t form Watson-Crick (W-C) hydrogen-bond. The modified unnatural base-pair (DNAM-D5SICS) was introduced in DNA sequences of 14-mer for molecular dynamics study in water solution.

Methods: A 200 ns molecular-dynamics-simulation in orthogonal-box-water-solvent, using Particle-mesh-Ewald-method (PME) within periodic-boundary-condition (PBC) was performed by using AMBER-14 code. The force-field-ff12SB-force-field was used during the simulation while the force-field-parameters of modified base-pair, compatible to ff12SB-force-field, were calculated by Gaussian-09-code using ab-inito/Hartree-Fock-methodology. The code CPPTRAJ, (a module of AMBER-14) CURVE and Chimera were used in the analysis of the data.

Results: Root mean square deviation (RMSD) of heavy atoms of the trajectory revealed that the structure of the equilibrated duplex was stable, sequence-dependent and had mixed DNA-conformation. A little distortion near to the neighbor of the modified base-pair in the duplex strand was observed. However, we got a stabilized structure of such type of duplex if we placed modified base-pair after the third place in the strand.

Conclusion: The study concluded that the distortion produced by modified-base-pair in the overall structure of duplex was local while the confirmation of such type of duplex was mixed and maintained the Watson-Crick (W-C) integrity of DNA. The study would help in the use of hydrophobic base-pair materials in biotechnological applications and the understanding of their structure-function relationship.

Keywords: H-bond, Molecular Dynamics, Modified Hydrophobic Nucleotide (MHN), Unusual DNA, Modified DNA, Non-hydrogen-bonding-base-pair, and Unnatural Base-pair (UBP)

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Tiwari, R. K. “MOLECULAR DYNAMICS STUDY OF NON-HYDROGEN-BONDING BASE-PAIR DNA DUPLEX d(GTCDNAM GCGCCGTGGC). D(GCCACGGCGCD5SICSGAC)”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 10, no. 7, July 2018, pp. 109-16, doi:10.22159/ijpps.2018v10i7.24841.
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