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Inhibitory effect of DNA supercoiling on DNA knotting
Using numerical simulations we investigated the effect of DNA supercoiling on the topological equilibrium of DNA molecules. We showed that under the steady state conditions that maintain the same effective deficit of the linking number in unknotted and knotted DNA molecules the topological equilibrium results in a much smaller fraction of knots than in the case of torsionally relaxed DNA molecules. Based on these results we propose that one of the important functions of DNA supercoiling is to reduce formation of DNA knots.
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