Self-assembly of short DNA duplexes: from a coarse-grained model to experiments through a theoretical link

@article{Michele2012SelfassemblyOS,
  title={Self-assembly of short DNA duplexes: from a coarse-grained model to experiments through a theoretical link},
  author={Cristiano De Michele and Lorenzo Rovigatti and Tommaso Bellini and Francesco Sciortino},
  journal={Soft Matter},
  year={2012},
  volume={8},
  pages={8388-8398}
}
Short blunt-ended DNA duplexes comprising 6 to 20 base pairs self-assemble into polydisperse semiflexible chains due to hydrophobic stacking interactions between terminal base pairs. Above a critical concentration, which depends on temperature and duplex length, such chains order into liquid crystal phases. Here, we investigate the self-assembly of such double-helical duplexes with a combined numerical and theoretical approach. We simulate the bulk system employing the coarse-grained DNA model… 
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