Karol Capała, Piotr Szymczak

Knotted proteins, when forced through the pores, can get stuck if the knots in their backbone tighten under force. Alternatively, the knot can slide off the chain, making translocation possible. We construct a simple energy landscape model of this process with a time-periodic potential that mimics the action of a molecular motor. We calculate the translocation time as a function of the period of the pulling force, discuss the asymptotic limits and biological relevance of the results.