Geometric parameters in nucleic acids: Sugar and phosphate constituents

Anke Gelbin, Bohdan Schneider, Lester Clowney, Shu Hsin Hsieh, Wilma K. Olson, Helen M. Berman

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A statistical survey of the torsion angles, bond angles, and bond lengths in the sugar and phosphate groups of well-refined mononucleoside, mononucleotide, dinucleoside monophosphate, and trinucleoside diphosphate crystal structures contained in the Cambridge Structural Database and the Nucleic Acid Database is reported. The mean values of the geometrical parameters in these structures and their estimated standard deviations are separated according to their chemistry and conformation. These new parameters serve as a basis for a dictionary of standard nucleic acid geometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-529
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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