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helix

 [he´liks] (pl. he´lices, helixes) (Gr.)
1. a winding structure; see also coil and spiral.
2. the superior and posterior free margin of the pinna of the ear.
α-helix (alpha helix) the complex structural arrangement of parts of protein molecules in which a single polypeptide chain forms a right-handed helix.
double helix (Watson-Crick helix) the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), consisting of two coiled chains, each of which contains information completely specifying the other chain.

Wat·son-Crick he·lix

(waht'sŏn crik),
the helical structure assumed by two strands of deoxyribonucleic acid, held together throughout their length by hydrogen bonds between bases on opposite strands, referred to as Watson-Crick base pairing. See: base pair.
[James Dewey Watson, Francis H. C. Crick]

double helix

n.
The coiled structure of double-stranded DNA in which strands linked by hydrogen bonds form a spiral configuration, with the two strands oriented in opposite directions.

double helix

A structural motif of nucleic acids in which 2 complementary chains of DNA and/or RNA spiral around each other as paired nucleobases attached to a deoxyribose phosphate backbone

Wat·son-Crick he·lix

(waht'sŏn-krik' hē'liks)
The helical structure assumed by two strands of deoxyribonucleic acid, held together throughout their length by hydrogen bonds between bases on opposite strands, referred to as Watson-Crick base pairing.
See also: base pair
Synonym(s): DNA helix, double helix.
[James Dewey Watson, Francis H. C. Crick]

double helix

see DNA.

Watson,

James Dewey, U.S. geneticist and Nobel laureate, 1928–.
Watson-Crick helix - the helical structure assumed by two strands of deoxyribonucleic acid. Synonym(s): DNA helix; double helix; twin helix

helix

1. a coiled structure.
2. the free margin of the pinna of the ear.

α-helix, alpha-helix
the folding arrangement of parts of protein molecules in which a single polypeptide chain forms a right-handed helix.
helix destabilizing proteins
proteins that bind in a cooperative manner to DNA single-strands during DNA replication and help open up the replication fork. Called also single-strand DNA binding proteins.
double helix
the native state of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), in which two antiparallel chains with complementary nucleotide sequences are wound around each other. The DNA molecule consists of two sugar-phosphate strands with the nucleotide base pairs stacked between them. The orientation of the two strands is antiparallel, i.e. 5′→3′ directions are opposite. Called also Watson-Crick helix.