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Ionic liquids make DNA rigid

Garai, Ashok and Ghoshdastidar, Debostuti and Senapati, Sanjib and Maiti, Prabal K (2018) Ionic liquids make DNA rigid. In: JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 149 (4).

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Persistence length of double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) is known to decrease with an increase in ionic concentration of the solution. In contrast to this, here we show that the persistence length of dsDNA increases dramatically as a function of ionic liquid (IL) concentration. Using all atom explicit solvent molecular dynamics simulations and theoretical models, we present, for the first time, a systematic study to determine the mechanical properties of dsDNA in various hydrated ILs at different concentrations. We find that dsDNA in 50 wt% ILs have lower persistence length and stretch modulus in comparison to 80 wt% ILs. We further observe that both the persistence length and stretch modulus of dsDNA increase as we increase the concentration of ILs. The present trend of the stretch modulus and persistence length of dsDNAwith IL concentration supports the predictions of the macroscopic elastic theory, in contrast to the behavior exhibited by dsDNA in monovalent salt. Our study further suggests the preferable ILs that can be used for maintaining DNA stability during long-term storage. Published by AIP Publishing.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
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Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 16:00
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 16:00
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/60481

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