Effect of sequence-dependent rigidity on plectoneme localization in dsDNA

S. Medalion, Y. Rabin

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We use Monte-Carlo simulations to study the effect of variable rigidity on plectoneme formation and localization in supercoiled double-stranded DNA. We show that the presence of soft sequences increases the number of plectoneme branches and that the edges of the branches tend to be localized at these sequences. We propose an experimental approach to test our results in vitro, and discuss the possible role played by plectoneme localization in the search process of transcription factors for their targets (promoter regions) on the bacterial genome. (C) 2016 AIP Publishing LLC.
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