Temperature Induced Phase Transition of Encapsidated Phage DNA

Meerim Jeembaeva, Udom Sae-Ueng, Elmar Nurmemmedov, Martin Castelnovo, Bengt Jönsson, Alex Evilevitch

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Double-stranded DNA bacteriophages are highly stressed under the high internal pressure that is described as stored energy. Most of them eject their genome into the host bacteria via receptor binding. In the previous work, isothermal titration calorimtery (ITC) was used, for first time, to directly measure the heat released during DNA ejection from the phage lambda, triggered in solution by solubilized LamB receptor. In the current
study, using ITC, we investigate the ejection energy from the capsid of phage lambda packaged with 94-110% genome, at a wider temperature range between 18 and 40°C. We experimentally show that DNA undergoes phase transition when exposed to different temperatures. The event of phase transition was also confirmed by differential scanning
calorimetry (DSC).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Biological Sciences

Free keywords

  • isothermal titration calorimetry
  • enthalpy
  • DNA ejection
  • phage
  • differential scanning calorimetry


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