Topology in Molecular Biology

  • Michail Ilych Monastyrsky

Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Michail Ilych Monastyrsky
    Pages 1-2
  3. A. Gabibov, E. Yakubouskaya, M. Lukin, P. Favorov, A. Reshetnyak, M. Monastyrsky
    Pages 43-67
  4. L. H. Kauffman, S. Lambropoulou
    Pages 69-110
  5. A. E. Kister, M. V. Kleyzit, T. I. Gelfand, I. M. Gelfand
    Pages 127-145
  6. N. Rivier, J.-F. Sadoc
    Pages 147-162
  7. M. Monastyrsky
    Pages 177-188
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 237-238

About this book


The book presents a class of new results in molecular biology for which topological methods and ideas are important. These include: the large-scale conformation properties of DNA; computational methods (Monte Carlo) allowing the simulation of large-scale properties of DNA; the tangle model of DNA recombination and other applications of Knot theory; dynamics of supercoiled DNA and biocatalitic properties of DNA; the structure of proteins; and other very recent problems in molecular biology. The text also provides a short course of modern topology intended for the broad audience of biologists and physicists. The authors are renowned specialists in their fields and some of the new results presented here are documented for the first time in monographic form.


Combinatorics DNA Knot theory biology mechanics molecular biology protein proteins recombination topology

Editors and affiliations

  • Michail Ilych Monastyrsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical and Experimental PhysicsMoscowRussia

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