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Volume 20 (2006), Issue 5-6, Pages 261-268

The Influence of Mn2+ on DNA structure in the presence of Na+ ions: A Raman spectroscopic study

Cristina M. Muntean,1,3 Rolf Misselwitz,2,4 and Heinz Welfle2

1National Institute of Research & Development for Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, P.O. 5, Box 700, R-400293 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin Berlin-Buch, Robert-Rössle-Str. 10, D-13092 Berlin, Germany
3The Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin Berlin-Buch, Robert-Rössle-Str. 10, D-13092 Berlin, Germany
4Institut für Immungenetik, Charite-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Spandauer Damm 130, 14050 Berlin, Germany

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The influence of Mn2+ ions on the structure of natural calf thymus DNA was studied by Raman spectroscopy. Measurements were done at room temperature and pH 6.2±0.2, in the presence of the physiological concentration of 150 mM Na+ ions, and in the presence of Mn2+ concentrations that varied between 0 and 600 mM. No condensation of DNA was observed at any of the Mn2+ concentrations. At 5 mM Mn2+ and 150 mM Na+ no significant influence of Mn2+ ions on the DNA structure can be observed. Compared with our previous results obtained at 10 mM Na+ ions, binding of Mn2+ ions to charged phosphate groups and to DNA bases is inhibited in the presence of 150 mM Na+ ions. DNA backbone conformational changes were not observed in the whole concentration range of Mn2+ ions as judging from the Raman spectra. No evidence for DNA melting was identified. A high Mn2+ affinity for binding to guanine N7 and possibly, in a much lesser extent, to adenine have been found.