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Offline sudipta

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how to bend a big DNA soomthly?
« on: July 26, 2012, 06:36:33 pm »

I want to make a smooth circular bend structure of DNA using 3DNA. The DNA contains 88 base pairs.  I can't able to control the roll parameters that actually produce a smooth circular bend structure of this DNA. How do I choose the roll parameters. Is there any way to choose those parameters? I have followed the same procedure (the roll parameters chosen as sinusoidal) which as proposed in nature protocol paper. However, I have failed to put those parameters in the correct position of bp_step.par file. As a result I get a bend structure but the structure is zigzag type. In this regard if you have any suggestion please let me know.

Looking forward to hear from you soon.

Thanks in advance

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Re: how to bend a big DNA soomthly?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2012, 10:29:11 am »
3DNA per se does not provide a prescription "to bend a big DNA smoothly". How to choose roll angles to fit a smooth curve is problem specific; 3DNA is mechanical and rigorous in that it constructs a structure corresponding to the parameters you fed into "rebuild", or (reversibly) it can "analyze" a given DNA structure to provide parameters that fully describe its base geometry.

As mentioned previously, and made clear in the 2008 3DNA Nature Protocols paper, the various prescriptions of roll-introduced DNA bending in Figure 3 are based on the classic work of Calladine and Drew. That protocol was intended to illustrate 3DNA's capability of building structures, in schematic representation, based on user-supplied parameters, not to show how to derive roll angles for any desired DNA bending.

That said, 3DNA is handy for constructing and visualizing a DNA structure in three dimensions to help verify if a roll prescription fulfills one's assumptions -- seeing is believing as well as understanding. For example, by noticing a bend structure in zigzag type, you immediately realized that your roll parameters (as sinusoidal) were not chosen correctly.

There are literature publications on how to fit a smooth ribbon to curved DNA. Pubmed or Google Scholar is your friend; it helps if you could share your findings.


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Re: how to bend a big DNA soomthly?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2012, 07:39:18 am »
Hi Sudipta,

You might find Tom Bishop's VDNA plugin for VMD useful:

You will find it by default in new versions of VMD at:
Extensions -> Visualization -> Virtual DNA Viewer.

The good thing about the plugin is that it allows you to produce various sets of step-parameters which you can later use with 3DNA rebuild for a full-atom reconstruction. For example, you can tell the GUI to make a dna-circle of 88 centers and to "save parameters" which you can later use.

I could make a step-by-step example if you have a hard time finding your way around.




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