Statistical mechanics of double-helical polymers

Alvise De Col*, Tanniemola B. Liverpool

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A study of the statistical mechanics of double-helical polymers using analytical techniques and simulations was presented. A geometric model, which includes three important ingredients of DNA in B-form was introduced. The bending and twisting rigidity of the polymer were determined by single energy scale of the model. It was observed that the helix melts at a particular temperature Tc below which the chain has a helical structure. It was suggested that as in mechanical unzipping experiments on DNA, there could be cooperative effects due to the effects of sequence disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Article number061907
JournalPhysical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6 1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004


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