The dynamics of genomic-length DNA molecules in 100-nm channels

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We show that genomic-length DNA molecules imaged in nano-channels have an extension along the channel that scales linearly with the contour length of the polymer, in agreement with the scaling arguments developed by de Gennes for self-avoiding confined polymers. This fundamental relationship allows us to measure directly the contour length of single DNA molecules confined in the channels, and the statistical analysis of the dynamics of the polymer in the nanochannel allows us to compute the SD of the mean of the extension. This statistical analysis allows us to measure the extension of A DNA multimers with a 130-nm SD in 1 min.

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  • Condensed Matter Physics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10979-10983
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Volume101
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes