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A novel application of dynamic programming to the folding problem for RNA enables one to calculate the full equilibrium partition function for secondary structure and the probabilities of various substructures. In particular, both the partition function and the probabilities of all base pairs are computed by a recursive scheme of polynomial order N3 in the(More)
A coupled system of two isothermal in vitro DNA/RNA amplification reactions using different primers is modeled kinetically with realistic rate parameters and shown to exhibit oscillatory behavior in a flow reactor. One of the two isothermal amplification reactions acts as a predator of the other, the prey. The mechanism of the oscillatory behavior is(More)
Statistical properties of RNA folding landscapes obtained by the partition function algorithm (McCaskill 1990) are investigated in detail. The pair correlation of free energies as a function of the Hamming distance is used as a measure for the ruggedness of the landscape. The calculation of the partition function contains information about the entire(More)
BACKGROUND A novel approach to the study of in vitro evolution is provided by the investigation of continuous, functionally coupled, amplifying systems. To date, in vitro evolution experiments have focused on issues of mutation and selection. Our work contributes to the new field of in vitro molecular ecology studies in which detailed information about the(More)
A novel approach for light-dependent covalent immobilisation of synthetic DNA oligomers to amino-coated paramagnetic beads is described. A hetero-bifunctional photo-reactive cross-linking chemical, 4-nitrophenyl 3-diazopyruvate, is applied to attach 5' amino-modified DNA to both silica and polystyrene paramagnetic beads. The coupling yields are comparable(More)
Biophysical chemistry of mesoscale systems and quantitative modeling in systems biology now require a simulation methodology unifying chemical reaction kinetics with essential collective physics. This will enable the study of the collective dynamics of complex chemical and structural systems in a spatially resolved manner with a combinatorially complex(More)
Three different types of fluorescence detection methods were employed to monitor amplification of a previously established isothermal cooperatively coupled amplification system as it can serve as a tool for the investigation of fundamental issues in evolutionary optimization. By using 5'IRD-41 fluorescent labeled primers, the intercalating dye TOPRO-1 and a(More)
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