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Circular dichroism enhancement in large DNA aggregates simulated by a generalized oscillator model

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Circular dichroism enhancement in large DNA aggregates simulated by a generalized oscillator model
Abstract: An increased circular dichroism (CD) signal of large molecular aggregates formed upon DNA condensation was observed a long time ago, and is often referred to as w-CD. The effort to understand this phenomenon is further motivated by the latest DNA packing studies and advances in macromolecular chemistry. In the present work, the transition dipole coupling model describing interactions of molecules with light has been extended to handle systems of arbitrary size. The analytical formulae obtained retain the simplicity and computational speed of the standard approach. The origin of the w-effect was investigated on several model systems. The results suggest that the CD enhancement is primarily caused by delocalized phonon-like excitations in nucleic acid strands. The size of the system exhibiting the effect thus does not need to be comparable with or greater than the wavelength of the absorbed light. Small structural irregularities still allow for the enhancement while a larger di...
Valery Andrushchenko, Petr Bour
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where JCC
Authors Valery Andrushchenko, Petr Bour
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