MeltR software provides facile determination of nucleic acid thermodynamics

Jacob P. Sieg, Sebastian J. Arteaga, Brent M. Znosko, Philip C. Bevilacqua

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Thermodenaturation (melting) curves of macromolecules are used to determine folding thermodynamic parameters. Notably, this insight into RNA and DNA stability underlies nearest neighbor theory and diverse structure prediction tools. Analysis of UV-detected absorbance melting curves is complex and multivariate, requiring many data preprocessing, regression, and error analysis steps. The absorbance melting curve-fitting software MeltWin, introduced in 1996, provided a consistent and facile melting curve analysis platform used in a generation of folding parameters. Unfortunately, MeltWin software is not maintained and relies on idiosyncratic choices of baselines by the user. Herein, we provide MeltR, an open-source, curve-fitting package for analysis of macromolecular thermodynamic data. The MeltR package provides the facile conversion of melting curve data to parameters provided by MeltWin while offering additional features including global fitting of data, auto-baseline generation, and two-state melting analysis. MeltR should be a useful tool for analyzing the next generation of DNA, RNA, and nonnucleic acid macromolecular melting data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100101
JournalBiophysical Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 14 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology

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