Contact: Faith Singer-Villalobos
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Caption: Results from computer simulations show that it is energetically less expensive to bend mismatch-containing, defective DNA (G:T, C:C, C:T, G:A, G:G, T:T, A:A, A+:C) vs. non-defective DNA (containing A:T or G:C base pairs). DNA repair mechanisms likely take advantage of this feature to detect defective DNA based on an increased bending propensity.
Credit: Michigan State University
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