Blinking statistics of a molecular beacon triggered by end-denaturation of DNA
Summary, in English
We use a master equation approach based on the Poland–Scheraga free energy for DNA denaturation to investigate the (un)zipping dynamics of a denaturation wedge in a stretch of DNA that is clamped at one end. In particular, we quantify the blinking dynamics of a fluorophore–quencher pair mounted within the denaturation wedge. We also study the behavioural changes in the presence of proteins that selectively bind to single-stranded DNA. We show that such a set-up could be well suited as an easy-to-implement nanodevice for sensing environmental conditions in small volumes.
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
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- ISSN: 0953-8984