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Bending of the helical axis

PDB code 2KBD   (PDB summary)
NDB code 2KBD (NDB atlas)
Duplex length 16 base pairs

Table 1.   Bending parameters determined with the program ARC_FIT.  
The curvilinear helical axis is calculated with CURVES, and bending of this axis is analysed with ARC_FIT. This program allows to fit a straight line, a plane, an arc, a kinked line, and a double kinked line to the helical axis. Good fits are indicated by low values of sigma2. An arc is fitted if there are at least 7 bp. A kinked line requires at least 8 bp, and the double kinked line requires at least 13 bp. The geometrical parameters are given for all models fitted, but they characterize the shape of the helical axis only if the fit is good. See Help for further explanations.

 Model      sigma2 / Å2   Geometrical parameters 
 Plane  1.677  
 Straight line (x-axis) 15.504  
 Arc  3.104 Radius of curvature:  r = 38 Å
 Kinked line  2.815 Kink angle:  alpha = 47°
 Lengths of straight segments:  l1 = 9 bp,  l2 = 7 bp  
 Double kinked line  0.231 Kink angles:  alpha1 = 30°,  alpha2 = 48°  
 Twist angle:  omega = 95°  
 Lengths of straight segments:  l1 = 6 bp,  l2 = 4 bp,  l3 = 6 bp