Trinucleotide models for DNA bending propensity: comparison of models based on DNaseI digestion and nucleosome packaging data

J Biomol Struct Dyn. 1995 Oct;13(2):309-17. doi: 10.1080/07391102.1995.10508842.


DNaseI digestion studies (Brukner et al, EMBO J 14, 1812-1818 1995) and nucleosomebinding data (Satchwell et al, J. Mol. Biol. 191, 639-659 1986, Goodsell and Dickerson, Nucleic trinucleotides. A detailed comparison of the two models suggests that while both of them represent improvements with respect to dinucleotide based descriptions, the individual trinucleotide parameters are not highly correlated (linear correlation coefficient is 0.53), and a number of motifs such as TA-elements and CCA/TGG motifs are more realistically described in the DNaseI-based model. This may be due to the fact that the DNaseI-based model does not rely on a static geometry but rather captures a dynamic ability of ds DNA to bend towards the major grove. Future refinement of both models of both models on larger experimental data sets is expected to further improve the prediction of macroscopic DNA-curvature.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • DNA / chemistry*
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / chemistry*
  • Deoxyribonuclease I / chemistry*
  • Linear Models
  • Models, Chemical
  • Nucleic Acid Conformation
  • Nucleosomes / chemistry*
  • Oligonucleotides / chemistry*


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Nucleosomes
  • Oligonucleotides
  • DNA
  • Deoxyribonuclease I