Modeling the DNA-solvent interface

Witold R. Rudnicki, B. Montgomery Pettitt

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We extend the technique of using perpendicular distribution functions to salt solutions around nucleic acids. Both solute density averaged and nonaveraged reference frames are considered and compared. Using a previous simulation of DNA in salt water of over a nanosecond in duration, the aqueous distribution functions were found to be well converged, whereas the salt perpendicular distribution functions were less well determined. Three-dimensional density reconstructions reliably showed the prominent salvation features with transferable functions. The number of solute atom types needed for reconstructions of a given precision was determined in the context of the reference simulation data set with the goal of achieving a required level of reconstruction quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-119
Number of pages13
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Organic Chemistry

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Rudnicki, W. R., & Pettitt, B. M. (1997). Modeling the DNA-solvent interface. Biopolymers, 41(1), 107-119.