Delphine Collin

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Atomic force microscopes and optical tweezers are widely used to probe the mechanical properties of individual molecules and molecular interactions, by exerting mechanical forces that induce transitions such as unfolding or dissociation. These transitions often occur under nonequilibrium conditions and are associated with hysteresis effects-features usually(More)
Mechanical unfolding and refolding of single RNA molecules have previously been observed in optical traps as sudden changes in molecular extension. Two methods have been traditionally used: "force-ramp", with the applied force continuously changing, and "hopping". In hopping experiments the force is held constant and the molecule jumps spontaneously between(More)
We apply Kramers theory to investigate the dissociation of multiple bonds under mechanical force and interpret experimental results for the unfolding and refolding force distributions of an RNA hairpin pulled at different loading rates using laser tweezers. We identify two different kinetic regimes depending on the range of forces explored during the(More)
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