Curved DNA in promoter sequences.

A. E. Gabrielian, D. Landsman, A. Bolshoy

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Sequence-dependent DNA curvature is known to play an important role in initiation of transcription of many genes. We compared the distribution of predicted intrinsic curvature of Escherichia coli and human promoter sequences with the distribution of curvature of randomly selected coding and non-coding fragments from these organisms. Different methods of curvature calculation were found to yield mostly similar overall tendencies of DNA curvature in all groups of sequences. According to all methods of calculation, E. coli promoters were found to be more curved than coding sequences from the same genome and random sequences with the same nucleotide composition. By contrast, the average curvature of human promoter sequences was only marginally greater than the average curvature of human coding sequences. Non-coding intron sequences were found to be the most curved of the human sequences examined. Based on these observations, we hypothesize about the role of DNA curvature in promoter sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-196
Number of pages14
JournalIn Silico Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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