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Title: The size of knots in polymers
Authors: Orlandini, Enzo
Stella, Attilio L.
VANDERZANDE, Carlo
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: IOP PUBLISHING LTD
Citation: PHYSICAL BIOLOGY, 6(2). p. Art. 025012-...
Abstract: Circular DNA in viruses and bacteria is often knotted. While mathematically problematic, the determination of the knot size is crucial for the study of the physical and biological behaviour of long macromolecules. Here, we review work on the size distribution of these knots under equilibrium conditions. We discuss knot localization in good and poor solvents, or in polymers that are adsorbed on a surface. We also discuss recent evidence that knot size is a crucial quantity in relaxation processes of knotted polymers.
Notes: [Orlandini, Enzo; Stella, Attilio L.] Univ Padua, Dipartimento Fis, I-35131 Padua, Italy. [Orlandini, Enzo; Stella, Attilio L.] Univ Padua, CNR, INFM, I-35131 Padua, Italy. [Vanderzande, Carlo] Hasselt Univ, Dept WNI, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Vanderzande, Carlo] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Inst Theoret Fys, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/9775
DOI: 10.1088/1478-3975/6/2/025012
ISI #: 000267941700013
ISSN: 1478-3967
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2010
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