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.
|Titolo:||Solitons in Yakushevich-like models of DNA dynamics with improved intrapair potential|
GAETA, GIUSEPPE (Primo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MAT/07 - Fisica Matematica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.2991/jnmp.2007.14.1.6|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|