Chromosomes in living cells are strongly con?ned but show a high level of spatial organization.
Similarly, con?ned polymers display intriguing organizational and segregational properties. Here, we
discuss how ring topology in?uences self-avoiding polymers con?ned in a cylindrical space, i.e.
individual polymers as well as the way they interact. Our molecular dynamics simulations suggest that
a ring polymer can be viewed as a parallel connection of two linear subchains, each trapped in
a narrower imaginary tube. As a consequence, ring topology stiffens individual chains about ?vefold
and enhances their segregation appreciably, as if it induces extra linear ordering. Using
a renormalized Flory approach, we show how ring topology in?uences individual chains in the long
chain limit. Our polymer model quantitatively explains the long-standing observations of chromosome
organization and segregation in E. coli.