Abstract

The structure of a DNA octamer d(GCGTACGC) cocrystallized with the bisintercalator antibiotic triostin A has been solved. The DNA forms an unwound right-handed double helix. Four base pairs are of the Watson-Crick type while four are Hoogsteen base pairs, including two A.T and two G.C base pairs. This is the first observation in an oligonucleotide of Hoogsteen G.C base pairs where the cystosine is protonated. It is likely that these also occur in solutions of DNA complexed to this antibiotic.