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A sequence environment modulates the impact of methylation on the torsional rigidity of DNA

Journal article
Authors Johanna Hörberg
Anna Reymer
Published in Chemical Communications
Volume 54
Issue 84
Pages 11885-11888
ISSN 1359-7345
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Pages 11885-11888
Language en
Keywords cytosine methylation, b-DNA, insights, Chemistry
Subject categories Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


We describe a potential molecular mechanism explaining how DNA methylation contributes to biological regulation. Using molecular dynamics together with a new torsional restraint, we identify the impact of methylation on DNA response to torsional stress. We observe that, depending on the sequence, DNA methylation hinders overwinding or underwinding molecular transitions.

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