Hairpin formation

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Hairpin formation


In this example, you will simulate a single strand of length 18 and sequence GCGTTGCTTCTCCAACGC at 334 K (~61 C) in three different ways:

  • with a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of the sequence-averaged (SA) model. The input file is inputMD.
  • with an MD simulation of the sequence-dependent (SD) model. The input file is inputMD_seq_dep.
  • with a Monte Carlo (MC) simulation of the SA model in which two base pairs are connected by mutual traps (i.e. additional attractive interactions between two nucleotides). The input file is inputTRAP.

The traps act between the pairs depicted in blue and red in the sequence GCGTTGCTTCTCCAACGC. The details of the interaction associated to the traps can be changed in the file hairpin\_forces.dat.

This strand, if T is sufficiently low, tends to form an hairpin with a 6-base long stem and a 6-base long loop. The temperature has been chosen to be close to the melting temperature of such a hairpin in the SA version of the model

This document explains how to prepare the \textit{hairpin} example (Section~\ref{sec:setup}) and how to run it (Section~\ref{sec:run}). Section~\ref{sec:results} contains results and plots extracted from the simulation output. In the following, $EXEC refers to the oxDNA executable.


The script generates the input files and runs all the three simulations, one after the other. With the default input files, each simulation, lasting steps by default, takes approximately one hour on a modern CPU. The default expects $EXEC to be in the ../.. directory. If this is not the case, open and change the variable CODEDIR accordingly.

If you only want to generate the initial configuration, you can issue ./ --generate-only. Then you can run the simulations by yourself. The generated initial configuration files are (which contains the topology) and initial.conf (which contains positions and orientations of the nucleotides).


In order to run the whole example, it is sufficient to issue the command ./ (or bash As described in Section~\ref{sec:setup}, you can generate the initial configuration and then run the simulations by hand. The three simulations, described in Section~\ref{sec:introduction}, can be performed issuing $EXEC input, where input is a text file that specifies the simulation configuration. For this example, three files have been prepared: inputMD, inputMD_seq_dep and inputTRAP. Table~\ref{tbl:sim} report all the files associated to each simulations.

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