superhelix


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superhelix

(so͞o′pər-hē′lĭks)
n. pl. super·helixes or super·helices (hĕl′ĭ-sēz′, hē′lĭ-)
A structure in which a helix is itself coiled into a helix, as in a DNA supercoil.

su′per·hel′i·cal (-hĕl′ĭ-kəl, -hē′lĭ-) adj.
su′per·hel′i·cal·ly adv.
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It is the number of turns that the duplex axis makes about the superhelix axis.
Presently new STE morphologies are being generated with by use of advanced fabrication knowledge, as can be seen in Figure 4(b) with the creation of a double helix column, termed a superhelix (Sunal 1999; Messier et al.