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Measuring DNA Flexibility (Bending & Twisting) Magnetic Traps, WLC. How Mag. Traps Work Equipartion Theorem, Brownian Noise Worm Like Chain– model for extended biopolymer -- DNA (later look at AFM & Protein Folding) . --DNA has Linking Number =Twist and Writhe. polymers. DNA. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Measuring DNA Flexibility (Bending & Twisting)Magnetic Traps, WLC How Mag. Traps Work Equipartion Theorem, Brownian NoiseWorm Like Chain model for extended biopolymer -- DNA (later look at AFM & Protein Folding) . --DNA has Linking Number =Twist and Writhe

  • DNA StructureMolecular Cell Biology, LodishWikipedia Right-hand helix One turn: 3.4 nm, ~10.5 bp Twist angle between bps =362nmDNA will resist twisting

  • How stiff is DNA, longitudinally, laterally?Magnetic Trap movie (Web-browser: Measureforce.3g2) How to attach DNA: to glass; to paramagnetic beadSet-up of Experimental systemDetect nanometer displacements with visible lightExperimental Set-up

  • Magnetic Tweezers and DNAMore sophisticated experiments: Watch as a function of protein which interacts with DNA (polymerases, topoisomerases), as a function of chromatin: look for bending, twisting.Can be conveniently used to stretch and twist DNA. DNA tends to be stretched out if move magnet up. DNA also tends to twist if twist magnets (since m follows B).(either mechanically, or electrically move magnets)

    Forces ranging from a few fN to nearly 100 pN: Huge RangeDipole moment induced, and m a B. t = m x B = 0It is the gradient of the force, which determines the direction. The force is up, i.e., where B is highest.With Super-paramagnetic bead, no permanent dipole.U = - m . B : U ~ -moB2.

  • What is super-paramagnetism?Three types of magnetic response to Bext (called the magnetization)Diamagnetic: Electrons are paired up (as is normal). Electron spins cancel. Weak suspectibility, w slight repulsion. Bext 0, Bint 0. Most atoms (Copper, silver, gold.)Paramagnetic: Have an unpaired electron (spin). Small suspectibility, w slight attraction. Feels greater effect of Bext. Bext 0, Bint 0. Includes magnesium, molybdenum, lithium, tantalum.Ferromagnetic: Have an unpaired electron (spin), and align in domains (1012 to 1015 atoms). Large positive susceptibility, i.e. strong attraction to Bext. Retains Bint. Iron, nickel, cobalt.Super-paramagnetic: small particles which are ferromagnetic but magnetism can flip randomly w temp. Average Bint is random; an external magnetic field is able to magnetize the nanoparticles, similarly to a paramagnet. However, their magnetic susceptibility is much larger than the one of paramagnets. (Important in maximum capacity in hard-drives how small can you go & still get super-paramagnetism).

  • Using Brownian noise.To know F, you might need to know size of magnetic field and beads susceptibilityF=kxKnow F, measure x, get k.Difficult.

    Instead, analysis of beads Brownian motion.DNA-bead system acts like a small pendulum pulled vertically (z) from its anchoring point, subject to Brownian fluctuations (x,y).[Mag Traps.x y motion.force.swf]

  • Force measurement- Magnetic PendulumT. Strick et al., J. Stat. Phys., 93, 648-672, 1998The DNA-bead system behaves like a small pendulum pulled to the vertical of its anchoring point & subjected to Brownian fluctuationsEach degree of freedom goes as x2 or v2 has kBT of energy.Do not need to characterize the magnetic field nor the bead susceptibility. Just use Brownian motion.Equipartition theorem:Derive the Force vs. side-ways motion. k < x2 > = kBT F = k l (F/ l) < x2 > = kBTNote: Uvert. disp = kl2Udx displacement = k(l2+dx2)Therefore, same k applies to dx .

  • Diffraction ringsMagnetic Traps: Measuring DNA extension Can get like 10 nm resolution (with visible or IR (500-1000 nm light!)

  • How to measure distances so accuratelycenterwidthThe width of the distribution (the standard deviation) is 250 nm (l/2)

    But this doesnt tell you about the standard error of the mean = sd/N

  • Force measurements- raw dataT. Strick et al., J. Stat. Phys., 93, 648-672, 1998(4.04 pN-nm)(7800nm)/ 5772 nm = 0.097 pNMeasure < x2 >, L and get FAt higher F, smaller dx; so does dz. Example: Take L = 7.8 mmLambda DNA = 48 kbp = 15 mmAt low extension, with length doubling, dx ~ const., F doubles.At big extension (L: 12-14 mm),Dx decrease, F 10x.Spring constant gets bigger. Hard to stretch it when almost all stretched out!Measure z, measure dxFind F by formula.

  • Force vs. Extension for DNAAt very low (< 100 fN) and at high forces (> 5 pN), the FJC does a good job.

    In between it has a problem.

    There you have to use WJC.You measure the Persistence lengthF=-kx works well at very low force; at higher force, DNA is extended (> 50%), need FJC or better is WLC Strick, J. Stat. Physics,1998.

  • Analysis: The Worm-Like Chain for elasticityF= - kxHookes Law: You apply a force on something and it increases in length linearly. Proportional constant = k. Minus sign because its a restoring force.Force related to fractional increase (x/L). What if force isnt proportional to distance?DNA is much longer than it is wide DNA (virus DNA) is about 16.5 m upon full extension, but the molecules diameter is only about 2 nanometers, or some four orders of magnitude smaller. Can expect some simplification where dont need to get into details of molecular bonding.

  • Towards the Worm-Like Chain for elasticitytry: The Freely jointed Chain (FJC):The molecule as a chain of perfectly rigid subunits of length b joined by perfectly flexible hinges. Segment-to-segment angle = q

    You can think of b as the length of the repeating subunits, and is called the Kuhn length (= 2 x Persistence length).Persistence length: you start out going in some direction: how long will you tend to keep going: for DNAabout 50 nm, or 150bp.If the molecule is under an applied force f as above, the effective energy for the chain is given byIf there were no applied force, all configurations have equal energy (and therefore the system has large configurational entropy), and the chain orients itself in any which wayanalogous to a random walk.

  • When a force is applied, the molecule is elongated and the work being done is that to remove entropy in the system. An analytic force-extension relation for the freely jointed chain: (Indeed, all polymer models reduce to a linear relation in the limit of low force, and DNA acts Hookean at very low forces). WLC: The FJCHyperbolic cotangent: coth (x)= cosh(x)/sinh(x) = (ex + e-x)/(ex - e-x)In the limit of low stretching (expand hyperbolic cotangent about f = 0)

    coth(x) = 1/x + (1/3) x 1/45 x3 +

    we get back Hookes law (show!)coth(x) = 1 + e-2x ; as x infinity, coth goes to 1; zLtot = 1-f In the high-force limit the model predicts z approaches the contour (total) length Ltot as 1/f. Does not follow the force extension curve data for dsDNA or proteins at all.

  • Two Models of DNA (simple) Freely Jointed Chain (FJC)& (more complicated) Worm-like Chain (WLC)Idealized FJC: Realistic Chain:FJC: Head in one direction for length b, then turn in any direction for length b.

    [b= Kuhn length = P, where P= Persistence Length]WLC: Have a correlation lengthFJC: Completely straight, unstretchable. No thermal fluctuations away from straight line are allowed

    The polymer can only disorder at the joints between segments

    FJC: Can think of DNA as a random walk in 3-D.

  • A more realistic model for dsDNA is actually quite similar to the freely jointed chain, but changes from discrete segments to a continuous elastic medium. This can be done because DNA is actually a rather stiff molecule, with successive segments displaying a sort of cooperativityall pointing in roughly the same direction. The figure below is a cartoon of the wormlike chain (WLC) model, where now we define r(s) as the position as a fuction of the relaxed-state contour length, s. Also shown is the tangent vector t(s), which is the first derivative of r(s) with respect to a line segment ds.WLC: A slight extension of FJCThere is now another added term to the effective energy of the chain which is related to the curvature (itself proportional to the square of the tangent vector), and the summation is now replaced by integration along the entire contour length:

  • A new phenomenological parameter has entered the energy term, A, which is a measure of the persistence length of the chain, or how long a segment of the chain will have tangent vectors all pointing in nearly the same direction. Indeed, the tangent-tangent correlation function for the wormlike chain at zero stretching force is given by

    or, the similarity in directionality for the chain decays as an exponential in the persistence length.WLC: A slight extension of FJC[didnt have time to go over in class]An analytic solution to WLC is not currently known, but the above equation has been solved numerically. At low force it again displays a Hookean linear relation, but as the extension nears the contour length of the molecule, it scales not as 1/f as predicted by freely jointed chains, but as 1/f1/2, in significantly better agreement with the data.

  • Analysis: The Worm-Like Chain for elasticityIncrease in end-to-end length (x) of polymer:Worm Like Chain (WLC) of entropic elasticity. Force related to fractional increase (x/L)where A = Lp: persistence length, a measure of the chains bending rigidity = 2x Kuhn Length L = contour length x = extension Each unfolding event increases the contour length of the homopolymer by a constant value, L. [didnt have time to go over in class]

  • WLC Fits very well at all stretches

  • Class evaluation1. What was the