Binding of molecules to DNA and other semiflexible polymers.

  title={Binding of molecules to DNA and other semiflexible polymers.},
  author={Haim Diamant and David Andelman},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics},
  volume={61 6 Pt B},
  • H. DiamantD. Andelman
  • Published 11 October 1999
  • Chemistry
  • Physical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics
A theory is presented for the binding of small molecules such as surfactants to semiflexible polymers. The persistence length is assumed to be large compared to the monomer size but much smaller than the total chain length. Such polymers (e.g., DNA) represent an intermediate case between flexible polymers and stiff, rodlike ones, whose association with small molecules was previously studied. The chains are not flexible enough to actively participate in the self-assembly, yet their fluctuations… 

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