DNA Structure: Current Results from Single Crystal X-Ray Diffraction Studies

  • Olga Kennard
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 137)


These lecture-notes aim to summarise the results of single crystal X-ray determinations of deoxyoligonucleotides carried out in the period 1978–1986. Also included are diagrams illustrating some of the geometrical features which are fundamental to an understanding of the differentiation between the various DNA conformations. Finally a selected list of references is given to individual structure determinations, to a textbook, and to some of the most important reviews. It is hoped that these notes will prove to be of help to participants of the NATO Study Institute and remain useful to the general reader when the inevitable progress of science modifies and perhaps makes obsolete the ideas and speculations of relating to the mechanism of DNA-ligand interactions which was the substance of the lecture given at the meeting.


Double Helix Minor Groove Groove Width Major Groove Orthorhombic Space Group 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olga Kennard
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  1. 1.University Chemical LaboratoryCambridgeUK

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