Transition path times for nucleic acid folding determined from energy-landscape analysis of single-molecule trajectories

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.068102
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TypeArticle
Journal titlePhysical Review Letters
ISSN0031-9007
Volume109
Issue6
Article number68102
SubjectConfigurational energy; Critical events; Diffusion constant; DNA hairpin; Energy landscape; Folding reactions; Optical trap; Pseudo-knots; Riboswitches; RNA folding; Single-molecule; Structural transitions; Time spent; Transition paths; Transition time; Biopolymers; RNA; Molecules
AbstractThe duration of structural transitions in biopolymers is only a fraction of the time spent searching diffusively over the configurational energy landscape. We found the transition time, τ TP, and the diffusion constant, D, for DNA and RNA folding using energy landscapes obtained from single-molecule trajectories under tension in optical traps. DNA hairpins, RNA pseudoknots, and a riboswitch all had τ TP∼10μs and D∼10 -13 -14m2/s, despite widely differing unfolding rates. These results show how energy-landscape analysis can be harnessed to characterize brief but critical events during folding reactions. © 2012 American Physical Society.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT-INNT)
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