Order and interactions in DNA arrays: Multiscale molecular dynamics simulation
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While densely packed DNA arrays are known to exhibit hexagonal and orthorhombic local packings, the detailed mechanism governing the associated phase transition remains rather elusive. Furthermore, at high densities the atomistic resolution is paramount to properly account for fine details, encompassing the DNA molecular order, the contingent ordering of counterions and the induced molecular ordering of the bathing solvent, bringing together electrostatic, steric, thermal and direct hydrogen-bonding interactions, resulting in the observed osmotic equation of state. We perform a multiscale simulation of dense DNA arrays by enclosing a set of 16 atomistically resolved DNA molecules within a semi-permeable membrane, allowing the passage of water and salt ions, and thus mimicking the behavior of DNA arrays subjected to external osmotic stress in a bathing solution of monovalent salt and multivalent counterions. By varying the DNA density, local packing symmetry, and counterion type, we obtain osmotic equation of state together with the hexagonal-orthorhombic phase transition, and full structural characterization of the DNA subphase in terms of its positional and angular orientational fluctuations, counterion distributions, and the solvent local dielectric response profile with its order parameters that allow us to identify the hydration force as the primary interaction mechanism at high DNA densities Show more
Journal / seriesScientific Reports
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PublisherNature Publishing Group
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