DNA is a fundamental component of living systems where it plays a crucial role at both functional and structural level. The programmable properties of DNA make it an interesting building block for the construction of nanostructures. However, molecular mechanisms for the arrangement of these well-defined DNA assemblies are not fully understood. In this paper, the intrinsic dynamics of a DNA octahedron has been investigated by using two types of Elastic Network Models (ENMs). The application of ENMs to DNA nanocages include the analysis of the intrinsic flexibilities of DNA double-helices and hinge sites through the calculation of the square fluctuations, as well as the intrinsic collective dynamics in terms of cross-collective map calculation coupled with global motions analysis. The dynamics profiles derived from ENMs have then been evaluated and compared with previous classical molecular dynamics simulation trajectories. The results presented here revealed that ENMs can provide useful insights into the intrinsic dynamics of large DNA nanocages and represent a useful tool in the field of structural DNA nanotechnology.

Hu, G., He, L., Iacovelli, F., & Falconi, M. (2017). Intrinsic Dynamics Analysis of a DNA Octahedron by Elastic Network Model. MOLECULES, 22(1), 145 [10.3390/molecules22010145].

Intrinsic Dynamics Analysis of a DNA Octahedron by Elastic Network Model

IACOVELLI, FEDERICO;FALCONI, MATTIA
2017

Abstract

DNA is a fundamental component of living systems where it plays a crucial role at both functional and structural level. The programmable properties of DNA make it an interesting building block for the construction of nanostructures. However, molecular mechanisms for the arrangement of these well-defined DNA assemblies are not fully understood. In this paper, the intrinsic dynamics of a DNA octahedron has been investigated by using two types of Elastic Network Models (ENMs). The application of ENMs to DNA nanocages include the analysis of the intrinsic flexibilities of DNA double-helices and hinge sites through the calculation of the square fluctuations, as well as the intrinsic collective dynamics in terms of cross-collective map calculation coupled with global motions analysis. The dynamics profiles derived from ENMs have then been evaluated and compared with previous classical molecular dynamics simulation trajectories. The results presented here revealed that ENMs can provide useful insights into the intrinsic dynamics of large DNA nanocages and represent a useful tool in the field of structural DNA nanotechnology.
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Anisotropic Network Model; Collective motions; DNA nanotechnology; Gaussian Network Model; Hinge regions; Molecular dynamics; DNA; Elasticity; Nanostructures; Nanotechnology; Molecular Dynamics Simulation; Medicine (all); Organic Chemistry
http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/22/1/145/pdf
Hu, G., He, L., Iacovelli, F., & Falconi, M. (2017). Intrinsic Dynamics Analysis of a DNA Octahedron by Elastic Network Model. MOLECULES, 22(1), 145 [10.3390/molecules22010145].
Hu, G; He, L; Iacovelli, F; Falconi, M
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