Comment on “Modulating DNA configuration by interfacial traction: an elastic rod model to characterize DNA folding and unfolding”
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In this comment, we point out that the tractions induced by interfacial energy, which are referred to as the tractions on the central axis curve of the DNA elastic rod presented by Huang (J. Biol. Phys. 37(1), 79–90, 2011), are incorrect. The correct tractions are provided in this literature. Further, with the use of the correct tractions, we present new numerical results, which for the values given by Zaixing Huang do not give rise to the physical behavior observed for DNA by the author.
KeywordsDNA configuration Interfacial traction DNA folding and unfolding Comment
The authors are grateful to the reviewer for comments and suggestions. The support of the National Nature Science Foundation of China through grant no. 11072168 and the Specialized Research Fund for Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China through grant no. 20100032120006 are gratefully acknowledged.
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