Using an optimized combination of tethered particle motion method, total internal reflection, and a gold nanobead, we measured the three-dimensional distribution of the free end of a tethered DNA molecule. The distribution along the axial z direction (perpendicular to the surface) is found to be Rayleigh-like, in agreement with wormlike chain and freely jointed chain simulations. Using these simulations, we show that the presence of the wall increases the correlations between the orientations of neighboring chain segments compared to free DNA. While the measured and the simulated planar (xy) distributions always agree with that of a Gaussian-random-walk (GRW) model, for short DNA lengths (1 μm) studied in our experiment, the corresponding axial (z) distributions deviate from those predicted for a GRW confined to half-space.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 27 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics