Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the DNA Radiation Damage and Conformation Behavior on a Zirconium Dioxide Surface

Document Type : Original Article


1 Tajik Technical University named after M.S. Osimi, 724000, Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan

2 Joint Institute for Nuclear Research,141980, Dubna, Moscow Region, Russian Federation

3 Dubna State University, 141980, Dubna, Moscow Region, Russian Federation

4 National Institute of Technology, N.I.T., Patna: 800 005, India

5 Spectroscopy Department, National Research Centre, 33 El-Bohouth St., 12622, Dokki, Giza, Egypt


This work is aimed on a complex study of the DNA immobilization and conformation processes on the zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) surface. The DNA+ZrO2 nanoparticles and nanosized films were investigated with the molecular dynamics (MD) modeling, experimental spectral and integral methods, including nuclear physics. Using the MD hybrid classical and quantum chemistry potentials, for the DNA solvated with water the DNA+ZrO2 surface interactions were simulated We have generated series MD models, thereby simulating a different scenario of the DNA with possible charge modifications. The DNA charge modification were introduced in the DNA central region via its two phosphorus atoms, Pa and Pb, and for several set of MD models for the relaxed DNA structures we have estimated the positional changes of the distance D[DNA(Pa,Pb) - ZrO2(O)] between the phosphorus atoms (Pa,Pb) and selected oxygen atoms of the ZrO2 surface. The work is aimed to the development of functional heterojunctions such as a biological molecule - wide-gap dielectric. These heterojunctions are intended for useing in the field of molecular electronics, in particular, for the creation of biochips, memory arrays and computer architectures of the future.


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