The mechanical properties of PCNA: Implications for the loading and function of a DNA sliding clamp

Joshua L. Adelman, John D. Chodera, I. W. Kuo, Thomas F. Miller III, and Daniel Barsky.
Biophys. J. 98:3062, 2010. Featured on issue cover. [DOI] [PDF]

Molecular simulations of the PCNA clamp responsible for DNA polymerase processivity show a surprisingly small energetic penalty for the deformation required for clamp loading.