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Effect of spatial inhomogeneity in dielectric permittivity on DNA double layer formation.

Authors
  • J R van der Maarel
Publication Date
May 01, 1999
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PMC
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Abstract

In solutions of tetramethylammonium (TMA+) DNA (double stranded) without added low-molecular-weight salt, the counterion radial density is calculated using the cylindrical Poisson-Boltzmann equation with a distance-dependent quasimacroscopic dielectric permittivity. Comparisons with small-angle neutron scattering data indicate that any inhomogeneity in dielectric permittivity is confined to one or two solvent layers from the DNA surface. At least for TMA+, which may be too large to penetrate the grooves of DNA to any significant extent, dielectric inhomogeneity modeled in this way has no detectable effect on the radial distribution.

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