Ana-Maria Florescu

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We propose a dynamical model for nonspecific DNA-protein interaction, which is based on the "bead-spring" model previously developed by other groups, and investigate its properties using Brownian dynamics simulations. We show that the model successfully reproduces some of the observed properties of real systems and predictions of kinetic models. For(More)
Chromatin structure is dynamically organized by chromatin remodelers, motor protein complexes which move and remove nucleosomes. The regulation of remodeler action has recently been proposed to underlie a kinetic proofreading scheme which combines the recognition of histone-tail states and the ATP-dependent loosening of DNA around nucleosomes. Members of(More)
In this paper, we show that the coarse grain model for DNA, which has been proposed recently by Knotts et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 126, 084901 (2007)], can be adapted to describe the thermal and mechanical denaturation of long DNA sequences by adjusting slightly the base pairing contribution. The adjusted model leads to (i) critical temperatures for long(More)
Kinetochores are protein complexes on the chromosomes, whose function as linkers between spindle microtubules and chromosomes is crucial for proper cell division. The mechanisms that facilitate kinetochore capture by microtubules are still unclear. In the present study, we combine experiments and theory to explore the mechanisms of kinetochore capture at(More)
Characterizing the link between small-scale chromatin structure and large-scale chromosome folding during interphase is a prerequisite for understanding transcription. Yet, this link remains poorly investigated. Here, we introduce a simple biophysical model where interphase chromosomes are described in terms of the folding of chromatin sequences composed of(More)
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