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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214670/metal-mediated-dna-assembly-with-ligand-based-nucleosides
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REVIEW
Soham Mandal, Jens Müller
Nucleic acids such as DNA are increasingly being applied in nanotechnology, as a result of their capability to self-assemble reversibly. The formal replacement of canonical base pairs by metal-mediated ones enables a site-specific introduction of metal-based functionality into these biomolecules, leading to the formation of predesigned metal arrays. This article offers an overview of structural aspects of metal-mediated base pairs, reviews recent advances in the field of metal-mediated base pairing and presents potential applications of the resulting metal-modified nucleic acids...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207239/analyzing-dna-nanotechnology-a-call-to-arms-for-the-analytical-chemistry-community
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Divita Mathur, Igor L Medintz
In order to fully realize the potential of DNA nanotechnology, it is crucial to overcome the lack of robust analytical techniques that continue to hinder the purification and characterization of DNA-based structures. In this Feature, we provide a snapshot of the current state of metrological techniques in DNA nanotechnology and look forward to emerging technologies that may offer new ways to probe and visualize these complex structures.
February 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193038/sheathless-focusing-and-separation-of-diverse-nanoparticles-in-viscoelastic-solutions-with-minimized-shear-thinning
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Chao Liu, Baoquan Ding, Chundong Xue, Yu Tian, Guoqing Hu, Jiashu Sun
Viscoelastic microfluidics becomes an efficient and label-free hydrodynamic technology to enrich and separate micrometer-scale particles, including blood cells, circulating tumor cells, and bacteria. However, the manipulation of nanoscale particles by viscoelastic microfluidics remains a major challenge, because the viscoelastic force acting on the smaller particle decreases dramatically. In contrast to the commonly used polymer solutions of high molecular weight, herein we utilize the aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) of low molecular weight with minimized shear thinning but sufficient elastic force for high-quality focusing and separation of various nanoparticles...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185961/non-viral-vectors-based-on-magnetoplexes-lipoplexes-and-polyplexes-for-vegf-gene-delivery-into-central-nervous-system-cells
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Ilia Villate-Beitia, Gustavo Puras, Cristina Soto-Sánchez, Mireia Agirre, Edilberto Ojeda, Jon Zarate, Eduardo Fernández, José Luis Pedraz
Nanotechnology based non-viral vectors hold great promise to deliver therapeutic genes into the central nervous system (CNS) in a safe and controlled way. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potential therapeutic gene candidate for CNS disorders due to its specific roles in brain angiogenesis and neuroprotection. In this work, we elaborated three different non-viral vectors based on magnetic, cationic lipid and polymeric nanoparticles complexed to the phVEGF165aIRESGFP plasmid, which codifies the VEGF protein -extracellular- and the green fluorescent protein (GFP) -intracellular-...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185115/the-sugar-coarse-grained-dna-model
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N A Kovaleva, I P Koroleva Kikot, M A Mazo, E A Zubova
More than 20 coarse-grained (CG) DNA models have been developed for simulating the behavior of this molecule under various conditions, including those required for nanotechnology. However, none of these models reproduces the DNA polymorphism associated with conformational changes in the ribose rings of the DNA backbone. These changes make an essential contribution to the DNA local deformability and provide the possibility of the transition of the DNA double helix from the B-form to the A-form during interactions with biological molecules...
February 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159697/engineered-nanoparticles-of-titanium-dioxide-tio2-uptake-and-biological-effects-in-a-sea-bass-cell-line
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S Picchietti, C Bernini, V Stocchi, A R Taddei, R Meschini, A M Fausto, L Rocco, F Buonocore, D Cervia, G Scapigliati
With the rapid development of nanotechnology there has been a corresponding increase in the application of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) in various consumer and industrial products, consequently their potential health hazards and environmental effects are considered an aspect of great concern. In the present study, in order to assess the impact of TiO2-NPs in the marine environment, the biological effects of TiO2-NPs on a sea bass cell line (DLEC) were investigated. Cells were exposed for 24 h to different concentrations of TiO2-NPs (1, 8, 40, 200 and 1000 μg/ml) or co-exposed with CdCl2 (Cd)...
February 1, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128377/recent-developments-in-reversible-photoregulation-of-oligonucleotide-structure-and-function
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REVIEW
Anouk S Lubbe, Wiktor Szymanski, Ben L Feringa
There is a growing interest in the photoregulation of biological functions, due to the high level of spatiotemporal precision achievable with light. Additionally, light is non-invasive and waste-free. In particular, the photoregulation of oligonucleotide structure and function is a rapidly developing study field with relevance to biological, physical and material sciences. Molecular photoswitches have been incorporated in oligonucleotides for 20 years, and the field has currently grown beyond fundamental studies on photochemistry of the switches and DNA duplex stability, and is moving towards applications in chemical biology, nanotechnology and material science...
February 20, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122423/microrna-biomarkers-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-and-emerging-nano-sensors-technology
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REVIEW
Pratik Shah, Seok Keun Cho, Peter Waaben Thulstrup, Morten Jannik Bjerrum, Phil Hyu Lee, Ju-Hee Kang, Yong-Joo Bhang, Seong Wook Yang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are essential small RNA molecules (20-24 nt) that negatively regulate the expression of target genes at the post-transcriptional level. Due to their roles in a variety of biological processes, the aberrant expression profiles of miRNAs have been identified as biomarkers for many diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases. In order to precisely, rapidly and economically monitor the expression of miRNAs, many cutting-edge nanotechnologies have been developed...
January 2017: Journal of Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114027/enzyme-free-scalable-dna-digital-design-techniques-a-review
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Aby Konampurath George, Harpreet Singh
With the recent developments in DNA nanotechnology, DNA has been used as the basic building block for the design of nanostructures, autonomous molecular motors, various devices, and circuits. DNA is considered as a possible candidate for replacing silicon for designing digital circuits in a near future, especially in implantable medical devices, because of its parallelism, computational powers, small size, light weight, and compatibility with bio-signals. The research in DNA digital design is in early stages of development, and electrical and computer engineers are not much attracted towards this field...
December 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094775/nanotechnologies-in-delivery-of-mrna-therapeutics-using-nonviral-vector-based-delivery-systems
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REVIEW
S Guan, J Rosenecker
Due to its safe and effective protein expression profile, in vitro transcribed messenger RNA (IVT-mRNA) represents a promising candidate in the development of novel therapeutics for genetic diseases, vaccines or gene editing strategies, especially when its inherent shortcomings (e.g. instability and immunogenicity) have been partially addressed via structural modifications. However, numerous unsolved technical difficulties in successful in vivo delivery of IVT-mRNA have greatly hindered the applications of IVT-mRNA in clinical development...
January 17, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094516/designed-dna-crystal-habit-modifiers
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Diana Zhang, Paul J Paukstelis
DNA is now one of the most widely used molecules for programmed self-assembly of discrete nanostructures. One of the long-standing goals of the DNA nanotechnology field has been the assembly of periodic, macroscopic 3D DNA crystals for controlled positioning of guest molecules to be used in a variety of applications. With continuing successes in assembling DNA crystals, there is an enhanced need to tailor macroscopic crystal properties-including morphology-to enable their integration into more complex systems...
January 27, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092742/short-term-in-vivo-exposure-to-graphene-oxide-can-cause-damage-to-the-gut-and-testis
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Marta Dziewięcka, Julia Karpeta-Kaczmarek, Maria Augustyniak, Magdalena Rost-Roszkowska
Graphene oxide (GO) has unique physicochemical properties and also has a potentially widespread use in every field of daily life (industry, science, medicine). Demand for nanotechnology is growing every year, and therefore many aspects of its toxicity and biocompatibility still require further clarification. This research assesses the in vivo toxicity of pure and manganese ion-contaminated GO that were administrated to Acheta domesticus with food (at 200mgkg(-1) of food) throughout their ten-day adult life...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074960/search-for-effective-chemical-quenching-to-arrest-molecular-assembly-and-directly-monitor-dna-nanostructure-formation
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J M Majikes, J A Nash, T H LaBean
Structural DNA nanotechnology has demonstrated both versatility and potential as a molecular manufacturing tool; the formation and processing of DNA nanostructures has therefore been subject to much interest. Characterization of the formation process itself is vital to understanding the role of design in production yield. We present our search for a robust new technique, chemical quenching, to arrest molecular folding in DNA systems for subsequent characterization. Toward this end we will introduce two miniM13 origami designs based on a 2...
January 11, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070131/dna-nanotechnology-a-nucleosome-clamp
#14
Chiara Pastore
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 10, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064006/versatile-rna-tetra-u-helix-linking-motif-as-a-toolkit-for-nucleic-acid-nanotechnology
#15
My N Bui, M Brittany Johnson, Mathias Viard, Emily Satterwhite, Angelica N Martins, Zhihai Li, Ian Marriott, Kirill A Afonin, Emil F Khisamutdinov
RNA nanotechnology employs synthetically modified ribonucleic acid (RNA) to engineer highly stable nanostructures in one, two, and three dimensions for medical applications. Despite the tremendous advantages in RNA nanotechnology, unmodified RNA itself is fragile and prone to enzymatic degradation. In contrast to use traditionally modified RNA strands e.g. 2'-fluorine, 2'-amine, 2'-methyl, we studied the effect of RNA/DNA hybrid approach utilizing a computer-assisted de novo RNA tetra-uracil (tetra-U) motif as a toolkit to address questions related to assembly efficiency, versatility, stability, and the production costs of hybrid RNA/DNA nanoparticles...
January 4, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048935/engineered-diblock-polypeptides-improve-dna-and-gold-solubility-during-molecular-assembly
#16
Nicole A Estrich, Armando Hernandez-Garcia, Renko de Vries, Thomas H LaBean
Programmed molecular recognition is being developed for the bionanofabrication of mixed organic/inorganic supramolecular assemblies for applications in electronics, photonics, and medicine. For example, DNA-based nanotechnology seeks to exploit the easily programmed complementary base-pairing of DNA to direct assembly of complex, designed nanostructures. Optimal solution conditions for bionanofabrication, mimicking those of biological systems, may involve high concentrations of biomacromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, etc...
January 6, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033500/autonomous-assembly-of-ordered-metastable-dna-nanoarchitecture-and-in-situ-visualizing-of-intracellular-micrornas
#17
Jianguo Xu, Zai-Sheng Wu, Zhenmeng Wang, Jingqing Le, Tingting Zheng, Lee Jia
Facile assembly of intelligent DNA nanoobjects with the ability to exert in situ visualization of intracellular microRNAs (miRNAs) has long been concerned in the fields of DNA nanotechnology and basic medical study. Here, we present a driving primer (DP)-triggered polymerization-mediated metastable assembly (PMA) strategy to prepare a well-ordered metastable DNA nanoarchitecture composed of only two hairpin probes (HAPs), which has never been explored by assembly methods. Its structural features and functions are characterized by atomic force microscope (AFM) and gel electrophoresis...
December 22, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031943/supramolecular-polymer-formation-by-cyclic-dinucleotides-and-intercalators-affects-dinucleotide-enzymatic-processing
#18
Shizuka Nakayama, Jie Zhou, Yue Zheng, Henryk Szmacinski, Herman O Sintim
BACKGROUND: Cyclic dinucleotides form supramolecular aggregates with intercalators, and this property could be utilized in nanotechnology and medicine. METHODS & RESULTS: Atomic force microscopy and electrophoretic mobility shift assays were used to show that cyclic diguanylic acid (c-di-GMP) forms G-wires in the presence of intercalators. The average fluorescence lifetime of thiazole orange, when bound to c-di-GMP was greater than when bound to DNA G-quadruplexes or dsDNA...
March 2016: Future Science OA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001403/ferrofluids-of-thermotropic-liquid-crystals-by-dna-lipid-hybrids
#19
Lu Xu, Mengjun Chen, Jingcheng Hao
Here is the first report the creation of ferrofluids of thermotropic liquid crystals in the absence of any solvent or nanoparticle. These ferrofluids were prepared by the electrostatic coupling of single-strand (ss) DNA with paramagnetic lipids. DNA molecules, as rigid parts, offer the orientational anisotropy and lipids (surfactants) due to the flexible hydrocarbon chains suppress crystallization, hybrids with DNA significantly increase the Cure temperature (Tc) of the lipids. The ferrofluids possess good fluidity and low viscosity...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000981/pd-mediated-labeling-of-nucleic-acids
#20
Samir Messaoudi, Eric Defrancq
New applications of Pd-catalyzed coupling reactions for post-conjugation of nucleic acids have been developed recently. Breakthroughs in this area might now pave the way for the development of sophisticated DNA-probes, which can find a great interest in chemical biology, nanotechnology, bioanalysis as well as diagnostic domains.
December 21, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
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