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  11. In equation (9) we assume that all the new hydrogen bonds are formed at the interfaces between helix and coil domains. This assumption applies to the case when the free-energy gain in creating such a new bond is much larger than the free-energy gain in replacing an existing bond between a coil monomer and a water molecule, with a bond between a coil monomer and impurity.


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