experimental studies of DNA-water interaction (review)
Mol. Biol. (USSR), 21, pp. 512-525 (1987)
In this review, we summarize recent experimental data on the hydration of DNA in solutions and in the following humid samples: strands, films, and crystals. Special attention is given to the dimensions of the hydration shells associated with the atomic groups of the nucleic acids, the distances at which the atomic groups of the DNA exert their influence on one another's hydration, and the structural, thermodynamic, and kinetic characteristics of the water in the DNA hydration shell, along with the connections between these characteristics and the structure of the DNA. Important concepts concerning the mechanisms by which water effects the physicochemical properties of DNA are discussed.