- "A measure of bending in nucleic acids structures applied to A-tract DNA" by Lankas et al. (2010), Nucleic Acids Res.,38(10), 3414–3422.
- "The chirality of DNA: elasticity cross-terms at base-pair level including A-tracts and the influence of ionic strength" by Noy and Golestanian (2010), J. Phys. Chem. B, 114, 8022–8031.
When I first had access to the CEHS scheme, I was immediately attracted by its mathematical rigor which allows for complete reversibility in DNA structural analysis and model rebuilding. Historically, CEHS was the initial seed of the SCHNAaP/SCHNArP programs, and analyze/rebuild in 3DNA were directly derived from them.
Frequently, I think of analyze/rebuild as two sides of the same coin: starting from a nucleic acid structure (e.g., a DNA double helix), the analyze program gives a set of base-pair (propeller, buckle etc) and step (roll, slide etc) parameters. The structural parameters can be used to rebuild the structure, which is virtually identical in base geometry (i.e., without taking consideration of the sugar-phosphate backbone) to the original structure. Conversely, analyzing the rebuilt structure again gives exactly the same set of structural parameters describing the relative base geometry.
Reversibility is essentially a simple concept, nevertheless a very powerful one. Over the years, I am glad to see more people are taking advantage of this 3DNA unique feature in addressing real-world problems related to nucleic acid structures. I am confident to see more such applications.