Dielectric behavior of DNA-Proflavine complex

Goswami, D. N. ; Das, Jyotirmoy ; Das Gupta, N. N. (1973) Dielectric behavior of DNA-Proflavine complex Biopolymers, 12 (5). pp. 1047-1052. ISSN 0006-3525

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The dielectric relaxation of namtive DNA and DNA-proflavine complexes at different DNA phosphate (P) to dye (D) ratios, were investigated in the frequency range 100 c/sec to 100 Kc/sec. The proflavine molecules were found to have a profound effect on the static dielectric constant and the relaxation time of the polymers. The static dielectric constant was oberserved to decrese with increasing level of added proflavine. At P/D = 1, the variation of dielectric constant with frequency was small. Relaxation time (t) was greater for the DNA-proflavine complexes compared to that for free DNA, Maximum value of the relaxation time was obtained at P/D = 10. The increase in the relaxation time and decrease in the static dielectric constant were attributed to the increase in length and meutralization of surface charges of the DNA molecules, respectively, as aresult of proflavine binding.

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