Fractal globule

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A fractal globule also sometimes called a crumpled globule is a name used to describe polymers that have compact local and global scaling.[1] They can be modeled through a Hamiltonian Walk, a lattice walk in which every point is only visited once and no paths intersect, this prevents knot formation. A crumpled globule forms through local regions crumpling, i.e. collapsing in on themselves and this iteratively occurring over the whole polymer.[2] This process follows the Space Filling Peano Curve. It has been proposed that mammalian chromosomes form fractal globules.[3][4]


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  4. ^ Mirny, Leonid (2011). "The fractal globule as a model of chromatin architecture in the cell". Chromosome Research. 19 (1): 37–51. doi:10.1007/s10577-010-9177-0. PMC 3040307Freely accessible. PMID 21274616.