In the present article, we summarize our recent studies of DNA dynamics using the generalized immersed boundary method. Our analysis of the effects of electrostatic repulsion on the dynamics of DNA supercoiling revealed that, after perturbation, a pre-twisted DNA collapses into a compact supercoiled configuration that is sensitive to the initial excess link and ionic strength of the solvent. A stochastic extension of the generalized immersed boundary method shows that DNA in solution subjected to a constant electric field is compressed into a configuration with smaller radius of gyration and smaller ellipticity ratio than those expected for such a molecule in a thermodynamic equilibrium.

You do not currently have access to this content.