Rigidity and Flexibility of Protein-Nucleic Acid Complexes

Emily Flynn, Smith College
Filip Jagodzinski, Central Washington University
Sharon Pamela Santana, Smith College
Ileana Streinu, Smith College

Peer reviewed accepted manuscript.


The study of protein-nucleic acid complexes is relevant for the understanding of many biological processes, including transcription, translation, replication, and recombination. The individual molecules in such complexes must be rigid enough to allow geometric matching of complementary shapes, yet sufficiently flexible to perform their functions. © 2013 IEEE.