Hydrogen bonding in DNA

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Hydrogen bonding in DNA

Postby NicoJones_1B » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:37 pm

Why are the hydrogen bonding between the A and T base pairs stronger than the G, C base pairs?

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Re: Hydrogen bonding in DNA

Postby Alan Wu » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:44 pm

Wait are you sure? Because in class we learned that there are 3 pairs of hydrogen bonds between G and C compared to 2 pairs between A and T. Therefore, G and C are harder to break apart.

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Re: Hydrogen bonding in DNA

Postby Aadil Rehan 1D » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:46 pm

C-G pairs have three hydrogen bonds as opposed to A-T's two. I think the relative strength has to do with the lone pair donors and how they vary between the nitrogenous bases.
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