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Reports Outline Science Study Findings from University of La Laguna (A minimal representation of the self-assembly of virus capsids)

July 11, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- A new study on Science is now available. According to news reporting out of Tenerife, Spain, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Viruses are biological nanosystems with a capsid of protein-made capsomer units that encloses and protects the genetic material responsible for their replication. Here we show how the geometrical constraints of the capsomer-capsomer interaction in icosahedral capsids and the requirement of low frustration fix the form of the shortest and universal truncated multipolar expansion of the two-body interaction between capsomers."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of La Laguna, "The structures of many of the icosahedral and related virus capsids are located as single lowest energy states of a potential energy surface built from this interaction. Our minimalist representation is consistent with other models known to produce a controllable and efficient self-assembly, and unveils relevant features of the natural design of the capsids."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "It promises to be very useful in physical virology and may also be of interest in fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology where similar hollow convex structures are relevant."

For more information on this research see: A minimal representation of the self-assembly of virus capsids. Soft Matter, 2014;10(20):3560-9. (Royal Society of Chemistry -; Soft Matter -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.M. Llorente, Departamento de Fisica Fundamental II and IUdEA, Universidad de La Laguna, 38205 Tenerife, Spain. Additional authors for this research include J. Hernandez-Rojas and J. Breton (see also Science).

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