The telomeres of most eukaryotes contain tandemly-repeated DNA sequences, with a cluster of G residues on one strand. Recent studies showed that the Oxytricha telomeric DNA oligonucleotide, d(G4T4G4), dimerizes to form a quadruplex in the presence of Na+ or K+. We have observed that the oligonucleotide d(G4T4G4) does not dimerize in the presence of Li+ ion at low sample concentrations. In the monomeric state, this molecule forms a simple foldback hairpin structure containing G · G reverse Hoogsteen basepairs in the stem region. This hairpin structure has a thermal stability which is well reconciled with telomere functions in vivo.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||BBA - Gene Structure and Expression|
|Publication status||Published - 1994 Apr 6|
- Hairpin structure
- Hoogsteen basepair
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Structural Biology