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A Raman scattering study of the interactions of DNA with its water of hydration.
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PMID:  23140399     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Raman spectroscopy is used to probe the nature of the hydrogen bonds which hold the water of hydration to DNA. The ∼ 3450 cm(-1) molecular O-H stretching mode shows that the first six water molecules per base pair of the primary hydration shell are very strongly bound to the DNA. The observed shift in the peak position of this mode permits a determination of the length of the hydrogen bonds for these water molecules. These hydrogen bonds appear to be about 0.3 Å shorter than the hydrogen bonds in bulk water. The linewidth of this mode shows no significant changes above water contents of about 15 water molecules per base pair. This technique of using a vibrational spectroscopy to obtain structural information about the hydration shells of DNA could be used to study the hydration shells of other biomolecules.
Scott A Lee; Nong-Jian Tao; Allan Rupprecht
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biomolecular structure & dynamics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1538-0254     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Biomol. Struct. Dyn.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8404176     Medline TA:  J Biomol Struct Dyn     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
a Department of Physics & Astronomy , University of Toledo , M.S. #111 , Toledo , OH , 43606 , USA.
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