Deciphering the kinetic mechanism of spontaneous self-assembly of icosahedral capsids.

@article{Nguyen2007DecipheringTK,
  title={Deciphering the kinetic mechanism of spontaneous self-assembly of icosahedral capsids.},
  author={Hung Duc Nguyen and Vishnuvardhan Reddy and Charles L. Brooks},
  journal={Nano letters},
  year={2007},
  volume={7 2},
  pages={
          338-44
        }
}
Self-assembly of viral proteins into icosahedral capsids is an interesting yet poorly understood phenomenon of which elucidation may aid the exploration of beneficial applications of capsids in materials science and medicine. Using molecular dynamics simulations of coarse-grained models for capsid proteins, we show that the competition between the formation of full capsids and nonidealized structures is strongly dependent upon the protein concentration and temperature, occurring kinetically as… CONTINUE READING
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