Hydrophobicity and unique folding of selected polymers
Department of Physics of Complex Systems, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100,
Published online: 15 March 1999
In a suitable environments, proteins, nucleic acids and certain synthetic polymers fold into unique conformations. This work shows that it is possible to construct lattice models of foldable heteropolymers by expressing the energy only in terms of individual properties of monomers, which model exposure to the solvent and the steric factor.
PACS: 87.15.By – Structure, bonding, conformation, configuration, and isomerism of biomolecules / 87.10.+e – General, theoretical, and mathematical biophysics (including logic of biosystems, quantum biology, and relevant aspects of thermodynamics, information theory, cybernetics, and bionics)
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 1999