Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics

Volume 14, Issue 1, February 2007, Pages 57 - 81

Solitons in Yakushevich-like models of DNA dynamics with improved intrapair potential

Authors
Giuseppe Gaeta
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Giuseppe Gaeta
Received 2 April 2006, Accepted 27 June 2006, Available Online 1 February 2007.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/jnmp.2007.14.1.6How to use a DOI?
Abstract
The Yakushevich model provides a very simple pictures of DNA torsion dynamics, yet yields remarkably correct predictions on certain physical characteristics of the dynamics. In the standard Yakushevich model, the interaction between bases of a pair is modelled by a harmonic potential, which becomes anharmonic when described in terms of the rotation angles; here we substitute to this different types of improved potentials, providing a more physical description of the H-bond mediated interactions between the bases. We focus in particular on soliton solutions; the Yakushevich model predicts the correct size of the nonlinear excitations supposed to model the "transcription bubbles", and this is essentially unchanged with the improved potential. Other features of soliton dynamics, in particular curvature of soliton field configurations and the Peierls-Nabarro barrier, are instead significantly changed.
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Journal
Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics
Volume-Issue
14 - 1
Pages
57 - 81
Publication Date
2007/02
ISSN (Online)
1776-0852
ISSN (Print)
1402-9251
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jnmp.2007.14.1.6How to use a DOI?
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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