DNA--DNA interactions

Curr Opin Struct Biol. 1998 Jun;8(3):309-13. doi: 10.1016/s0959-440x(98)80063-8.


The forces that govern DNA double helix organization are being finally systematically measured. The non-specific longer-range interactions--such as electrostatic interactions, hydration, and fluctuation forces--that treat DNA as a featureless rod are reasonably well recognized. Recently, specific interactions--such as those controlled by condensing agents or those consequent to helical structure-are beginning to be recognized, quantified and tested.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Base Composition
  • DNA / chemistry*
  • DNA / metabolism
  • DNA / ultrastructure
  • Nucleic Acid Conformation*


  • DNA