The sequence dependence of charge transport through stacked Watson-Crick base pairs was analyzed for coherent hole motion interrupted by a temporary charge localization on guanine bases. The relative rate of hole transfer to the GGG sequence has been expressed in terms of the frequency of jumps through adenine-thymine base pairs separating adjacent guanine sites. The obtained expression yields practically the same sequence dependence as measurements, without invoking adjustable parameters. For alternating adenine-thymine/guanine-cytosine sequences, our analysis predicts that the relative charge-transfer rate varies in inverse proportion to the sequence length at short distances, with change to the slow exponential decay at longer distances.
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