Bubble coalescence in breathing DNA: Two vicious walkers in opposite potentials

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Abstract

We investigate the coalescence of two DNA bubbles initially located at weak segments and separated by a more stable barrier region in a designed construct of double-stranded DNA. The characteristic time for bubble coalescence and the corresponding distribution are derived, as well as the distribution of coalescence positions along the barrier. Below the melting temperature, we find a Kramers-type barrier crossing behaviour, while at high temperatures, the bubble corners perform drift-diffusion towards coalescence. The results are obtained by mapping the bubble dynamics on the problem of two vicious walkers in opposite potentials.

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Externa organisationer
  • Nordic Institute for Theoretical Atomic Physics (NORDITA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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  • Fysik
Originalspråkengelska
Artikelnummer48001
TidskriftEurophysics Letters
Volym77
Utgivningsnummer4
StatusPublished - 2007
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa