Elastic model of supercoiling.

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

Abstract

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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