Modeling Viral Capsid Assembly [chapter]

Michael F. HAGAN
2014 Advances in Chemical Physics  
I present a review of the theoretical and computational methodologies that have been used to model the assembly of viral capsids. I discuss the capabilities and limitations of approaches ranging from equilibrium continuum theories to molecular dynamics simulations, and I give an overview of some of the important conclusions about virus assembly that have resulted from these modeling efforts. Topics include the assembly of empty viral shells, assembly around singlestranded nucleic acids to form
more » ... iral particles, and assembly around synthetic polymers or charged nanoparticles for nanotechnology or biomedical applications. I present some examples in which modeling efforts have promoted experimental breakthroughs, as well as directions in which the connection between modeling and experiment can be strengthened.
doi:10.1002/9781118755815.ch01 pmid:25663722 pmcid:PMC4318123 fatcat:6afegq7gpvg7dpb3lkf7rcrjxe