The effect of 280 nm irradiation on a family of synthetic DNA hairpins possessing an alkane linker connecting a six-base pair stem having a single T-T step located at different positions within the hairpin has been investigated. A single adduct assigned to the product of 2+2 dimerization is obtained except in the case of a T-T step located adjacent to the linker, in which case both 2+2 and 6-4 adducts are obtained. The efficiency of dimerization is similar for three hairpins having a T-T step located within the duplex interior. Lower efficiency is observed for a T-T step located at the open end of the hairpin and in T overhangs, whereas higher efficiency is observed for the T-T step adjacent to the linker and in a single T bulge. The context-dependence of dimerization efficiency is discussed.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry