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Dynamical implications of viral tiling theory.

Elsawy, K.M. and Taormina, A. and Twarock, R. and Vaughan, L. (2008) 'Dynamical implications of viral tiling theory.', Journal of theoretical biology., 252 (2). pp. 357-369.


The Caspar–Klug classification of viruses whose protein shell, called viral capsid, exhibits icosahedral symmetry, has recently been extended to incorporate viruses whose capsid proteins are exclusively organised in pentamers. The approach, named ‘Viral Tiling Theory’, is inspired by the theory of quasicrystals, where aperiodic Penrose tilings enjoy 5-fold and 10-fold local symmetries. This paper analyses the extent to which this classification approach informs dynamical properties of the viral capsids, in particular the pattern of Raman active modes of vibrations, which can be observed experimentally.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Normal modes of vibrations, Viral capsids, Icosahedral group.
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Publisher statement:NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of theoretical biology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of theoretical biology, 252 (2), 2008, 10.1016/j.jtbi.2008.02.003
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Date deposited:24 April 2013
Date of first online publication:May 2008
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