AMBER: DNA strands separate

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Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2005 12:39:24 +0200 (CEST)

Dear amber users,

I am doing a perturbation (MD/TI) with sander (amber8) and I mutate two
hidrogen- bonded base pairs at the same time in a DNA double helix (dickerson

My mutation consists in Ade --> Gua, and Cyto1 --> Cyto2 ( where cytoX
are two tautomers of cytosine)

I made a prior equilibration of the system and nothing anomalous happens,
but when I turn to the perturbation I found that the DNA strands separate
along the perturbation i.e. firstly, some hidrogen bonds increase their
distance and finally the whole helix is completely open.

I would think that this could be because of two appearing/disappearing
groups that leads to an instability but this would also mean that the
DNA separation would begin in the base pairs that I am mutating, and this
is not my case.

What reason can a DNA double helix have to get separated ? I guess that
this can be due to some kind of erronous electrostatic interactions but I
have carefully checked my charges ...

Please, any comments are kindly acknowledged.

thanks in advance

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