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Nucleic acid structure characterization by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS).


ABSTRACT: Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) is a powerful method for investigating macromolecular structure in solution. SAXS data provide information about the size and shape of a molecule with a resolution of ?2 to 3 nm. SAXS is particularly useful for the investigation of nucleic acids, which scatter X-rays strongly due to the electron-rich phosphate backbone. Therefore, SAXS has become an increasingly popular method for modeling nucleic acid structures, an endeavor made tractable by the highly regular helical nature of nucleic acid secondary structures. Recently, SAXS was used in combination with NMR to filter and refine all-atom models of a U2/U6 small nuclear RNA complex. In this unit, general protocols for sample preparation, data acquisition, and data analysis and processing are given. Additionally, examples of correctly and incorrectly processed SAXS data and expected results are provided.

SUBMITTER: Burke JE 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC3552392 | BioStudies | 2012-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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