Accession Number : ADA193112

Title :   Where Solitons may be Hiding in DNA and their Possible Significance in RNA Transcription.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. Apr 81-Mar 88,

Corporate Author : PURDUE UNIV LAFAYETTE IND DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s) : Prohofsky, Earl W

PDF Url : ADA193112

Report Date : 10 Mar 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : We find that the hydrogen bond stretch bands of the double helix appear to be nonlinear enough to support solitary wave energy concentration. Coupling this fact to predictions of our self consistent theory of helix melting gives rise to speculations of a mechanism for base pair melting in RNA transcription which is consistent with the known energy needs of that process. Keywords: Deoxyribonucleic acid, Ribonucleic acid.

Descriptors :   *DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACIDS, *HYDROGEN BONDS, *RIBONUCLEIC ACIDS, *ACOUSTIC WAVES, BANDS(STRIPS), ENERGY, MELTING, HELIXES, LATTICE DYNAMICS

Subject Categories : Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology
      Biochemistry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE