A general procedure for generation of curved DNA molecules

J Biomol Struct Dyn. 1988 Aug;6(1):93-104. doi: 10.1080/07391102.1988.10506484.


A general method for generation of base-pairs in a curved DNA structure, for any prescribed values of helical parameters--unit rise (h), unit twist (theta), wedge roll (theta R) and wedge tilt (theta T), propeller twist (theta p) and displacement (D) is described. Its application for generation of uniform as well curved structures is also illustrated with some representative examples. An interesting relationship is observed between helical twist (theta), base-pair parameters theta x, theta y and the wedge parameters theta R, theta T, which has important consequences for the description and estimation of DNA curvature.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Base Composition
  • Chemical Phenomena
  • Chemistry, Physical
  • DNA* / analysis
  • Models, Genetic
  • Models, Molecular*
  • Nucleic Acid Conformation*


  • DNA