Statistical analysis of sizes and shapes of virus capsids and their resulting elastic properties

  title={Statistical analysis of sizes and shapes of virus capsids and their resulting elastic properties},
  author={An{\vz}e Lo{\vs}dorfer Bo{\vz}i{\vc} and Antonio {\vS}iber and R. Podgornik},
  journal={Journal of Biological Physics},
From the analysis of sizes of approximately 130 small icosahedral viruses we find that there is a typical structural capsid protein, having a mean diameter of 5 nm and a mean thickness of 3 nm, with more than two thirds of the analyzed capsid proteins having thicknesses between 2 nm and 4 nm. To investigate whether, in addition to the fairly conserved geometry, capsid proteins show similarities in the way they interact with one another, we examined the shapes of the capsids in detail. We… 

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