Volume 62, Number 5, June 2003
|Page(s)||760 - 766|
|Section||Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology|
|Published online||01 May 2003|
The bend stiffness of S-DNA
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 8 April 2003
We formulate and solve a two-state model for the elasticity of nicked, double-stranded DNA that borrows features from both the Worm Like Chain and the Bragg-Zimm model. Our model is computationally simple, and gives an excellent fit to recent experimental data through the entire overstretching transition. The fit gives the first value for the bending stiffness of the overstretched state as about , a value quite different from either B-form or single-stranded DNA.
PACS: 87.15.La – Biomolecules: Mechanical properties / 87.15.Aa – Biomolecules: Theory and modeling; computer simulation / 82.35.Lr – Physical properties of polymers
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