Elastic model of supercoiling.

  • Craig J. Benham
  • Published 1977 in
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…


An elastic model for the supercoiling of duplex DNA is developed. The simplest assumptions regarding the elastic properties of double-helical DNA (homogeneous, isotropic, of circular cross section, and remaining straight when unstressed) will generate two orders of superhelicity when stressed. Recent experimental results [Brady, G.W., Fein, D.B… (More)

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