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DNA nanotechnology

Saminathan Ramakrishnan, Sivaraman Subramaniam, Adrian Francis Stewart, Guido Grundmeier, Adrian Keller
DNA origami has become a widely used method for synthesizing well-defined nanostructures with promising applications in various areas of nanotechnology, biophysics, and medicine. Recently, the possibility to transfer the shape of single DNA origami nanostructures into different materials via molecular lithography approaches has received growing interest due to the great structural control provided by the DNA origami technique. Here, we use ordered monolayers of DNA origami nanostructures with internal cavities on mica surfaces as molecular lithography masks for the fabrication of regular protein patterns over large surface areas...
October 25, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Huijie Zhang, Xiao-Dong Gao
Synthetic oligodeoxynucleotides containing immunostimulatory CpG motif mimic bacterial DNA and are potent activator of innate and adaptive immune responses. Therefore, CpG ODNs have significant potentials as immunotherapeutic agent for treatment of infectious diseases, allergy and cancer. Many clinical trials involving CpG ODNs either used alone or as adjuvant have been initiated. However, delivery of CpG ODNs to target sites still remains a great challenge due to their extreme susceptibility to nuclease degradation in serum and poor cellular uptake...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
I Caglar Tanrikulu, Audrey Forticaux, Song Jin, Ronald T Raines
Sticky-ended DNA duplexes can associate spontaneously into long double helices; however, such self-assembly is much less developed with proteins. Collagen is the most prevalent component of the extracellular matrix and a common clinical biomaterial. As for natural DNA, the ~10(3)-residue triple helices (~300 nm) of natural collagen are recalcitrant to chemical synthesis. Here we show how the self-assembly of short collagen-mimetic peptides (CMPs) can enable the fabrication of synthetic collagen triple helices that are nearly a micrometre in length...
November 2016: Nature Chemistry
Petr Stadlbauer, Liuba Mazzanti, Tristan Cragnolini, David J Wales, Philippe Derreumaux, Samuela Pasquali, Jiri Sponer
G-quadruplexes are the most important non-canonical DNA architectures. Many quadruplex-forming sequences, including the human telomeric sequence d(GGGTTA)n, have been investigated due to their implications in cancer and other diseases, and because of their potential in DNA-based nanotechnology. Despite availability of atomistic structural studies of folded G-quadruplexes, their folding pathways remain mysterious, and mutually contradicting models of folding coexist in the literature. Recent experiments convincingly demonstrated that G-quadruplex folding often takes days to reach the thermodynamics equilibrium...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Pandeeswar Makam, Satyaprasad P Senanayak, Thimmaiah Govindaraju
Reliable and ultrasensitive detection of mercury ions is of paramount importance for toxicology assessment, environmental protection and human health. Herein, we present a novel optoelectronic approach based on nanoachitectonics of small molecule templated DNA system that consists of an adenine (A) conjugated small organic semiconductor (BNA) and deoxyribo-oligothymidine (dTn). This mutually templated dynamic chiral co-assembly system (BNAn-dTn) with tunable chiroptical, morphological and electrical properties is tapped in to enable ultra-sensitive and selective detection of inorganic and organometallic mercury in water...
October 18, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jaimie Marie Stewart, Mathias Viard, Hari K K Subramanian, Brandon K Roark, Kirill A Afonin, Elisa Franco
RNA is a natural multifunctional polymer, and is an essential component in both complex pathways and structures within the cellular environment. For this reason, artificial self-assembling RNA nanostructures are emerging as a powerful tool with broad applications in drug delivery and metabolic pathway regulation. To date, coordinated delivery of functional molecules via programmable RNA assemblies has been primarily done using nanosize RNA scaffolds. However, larger scaffolds could expand existing capabilities for spatial arrangement of ligands, and enable the controlled delivery of highly concentrated molecular loads...
October 14, 2016: Nanoscale
Zhengyi Zhao, Hui Zhang, Dan Shu, Carlo Montemagno, Baoquan Ding, Jingyuan Li, Peixuan Guo
The significance of bionanomotors in nanotechnology is analogous to mechanical motors in daily life. Here the principle and approach for designing and constructing biomimetic nanomotors with continuous single-directional motion are reported. This bionanomotor is composed of a dodecameric protein channel, a six-pRNA ring, and an ATPase hexamer. Based on recent elucidations of the one-way revolving mechanisms of the phi29 double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) motor, various RNA and protein elements are designed and tested by single-molecule imaging and biochemical assays, with which the motor with active components has been constructed...
October 6, 2016: Small
Igor Drobnak, Ajasja Ljubetič, Helena Gradišar, Tomaž Pisanski, Roman Jerala
Proteins are highly perfected natural molecular machines, owing their properties to the complex tertiary structures with precise spatial positioning of different functional groups that have been honed through millennia of evolutionary selection. The prospects of designing new molecular machines and structural scaffolds beyond the limits of natural proteins make design of new protein folds a very attractive prospect. However, de novo design of new protein folds based on optimization of multiple cooperative interactions is very demanding...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Daniel W Binzel, Emil Khisamutdinov, Mario Vieweger, Janice Ortega, Jingyuan Li, Peixuan Guo
RNA nanotechnology is rapidly emerging. Due to advantageous pharmacokinetics and favorable in vivo biodistribution, RNA nanoparticles have shown promise in targeted delivery of therapeutics. RNA nanotechnology applies bottom-up assembly, thus elucidation of the mechanism of interaction between multiple components is of fundamental importance. The tendency of diminishing concern about RNA instability has accelerated by the finding of the novel thermostable three-way junction (3WJ) motif of the phi29 DNA-packaging motor...
September 26, 2016: RNA
Swati Krishnan, Daniela Ziegler, Vera Arnaut, Thomas G Martin, Korbinian Kapsner, Katharina Henneberg, Andreas R Bausch, Hendrik Dietz, Friedrich C Simmel
DNA-based nanopores are synthetic biomolecular membrane pores, whose geometry and chemical functionality can be tuned using the tools of DNA nanotechnology, making them promising molecular devices for applications in single-molecule biosensing and synthetic biology. Here we introduce a large DNA membrane channel with an ≈4 nm diameter pore, which has stable electrical properties and spontaneously inserts into flat lipid bilayer membranes. Membrane incorporation is facilitated by a large number of hydrophobic functionalizations or, alternatively, streptavidin linkages between biotinylated channels and lipids...
September 23, 2016: Nature Communications
Dehui Kong, Yi Lei, Wayland Yeung, Ryan Hili
The development and in-depth analysis of T4 DNA ligase-catalyzed DNA templated oligonucleotide polymerization toward the generation of diversely functionalized nucleic acid polymers is described. The NNNNT codon set enables low codon bias, high fidelity, and high efficiency for the polymerization of ANNNN libraries comprising various functional groups. The robustness of the method was highlighted in the copolymerization of a 256-membered ANNNN library comprising 16 sub-libraries modified with different functional groups...
October 10, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Shuntaro Takahashi, Sudipta Bhowmik, Naoki Sugimoto
DNA guanine-quadruplexes (G-quadruplexes) complexed with the Fe-containing porphyrin, hemin (iron(III)-protoporphyrin IX), can catalyze oxidation reactions. This so-called DNAzyme has been widely used in the field of DNA nanotechnology. To improve DNAzyme properties, we sought to elucidate the interaction mechanism between G-quadruplex DNA and hemin. Here, we performed volumetric analyses of formation of the complex between an oligonucleotide with the sequence of human telomeric DNA (h-telo) and hemin. The G-quadruplex DNA alone and the G-quadruplex DNA-hemin complex were destabilized with increasing pressure in Na(+) buffer...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Yong Lin Kong, Maneesh K Gupta, Blake N Johnson, Michael C McAlpine
The ability to three-dimensionally interweave biological and functional materials could enable the creation of bionic devices possessing unique and compelling geometries, properties, and functionalities. Indeed, interfacing high performance active devices with biology could impact a variety of fields, including regenerative bioelectronic medicines, smart prosthetics, medical robotics, and human-machine interfaces. Biology, from the molecular scale of DNA and proteins, to the macroscopic scale of tissues and organs, is three-dimensional, often soft and stretchable, and temperature sensitive...
June 2016: Nano Today
Omid Akhavan, Ehsan Hashemi, Hakimeh Zare, Mehdi Shamsara, Nima Taghavinia, Farid Heidari
In recent years, quantum dots (QDs) have been widely used in upcoming nanotechnology-based solar cells, light-emitting diodes and even bioimaging, due to their tunable optical properties and excellent quantum yields. But, such nanostructures are currently constituted by heavy elements which can threat the human health and living environment. Hence, in this work, the in vivo effects of CdTe nanocrystals (NCs) (as one of the promising QDs) on spermatozoa of male mice and subsequently on fertility of female mice were investigated, for the first time...
December 1, 2016: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Kyung Hoon Kim, Jae-Min Jeong, Seok Jae Lee, Bong Gill Choi, Kyoung G Lee
The understanding and controlling of biomimetic hybrid materials are a key objective in bio-nanotechnology, materials chemistry, and colloid science fields. Biomaterials, such as, enzyme, DNA, RNA, and proteins have become important templates for the construction of inorganic-organic hybrid nanoflowers. From this perspective, we present a simple approach to synthesize protein and metal hybrid flower-like structure using bovine serum albumin (BSA) and cobalt phosphate, and the results of our study on the formation mechanism involved...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Evi Stahl, Florian Praetorius, Carina C de Oliveira Mann, Karl-Peter Hopfner, Hendrik Dietz
One key goal of DNA nanotechnology is the bottom-up construction of macroscopic crystalline materials. Beyond applications in fields such as photonics or plasmonics, DNA-based crystal matrices could possibly facilitate the diffraction-based structural analysis of guest molecules. Seeman and coworkers reported in 2009 the first designed crystal matrices based on a 38 kDa DNA triangle that was composed of seven chains. The crystal lattice was stabilized, unprecedentedly, by Watson-Crick base pairing. However, 3D crystallizing larger designed DNA objects that include more chains such as DNA origami remains an unsolved problem...
September 1, 2016: ACS Nano
Hyejoong Jeong, Simona Ranallo, Marianna Rossetti, Jiwoong Heo, Jooseok Shin, Kwangyong Park, Francesco Ricci, Jinkee Hong
A method to control activation of a DNA nanodevice by supplying a complementary DNA (cDNA) strand from an electro-responsive nanoplatform is reported. To develop functional nanoplatform, hexalayer nanofilm is precisely designed by layer-by-layer assembly technique based on electrostatic interaction with four kinds of materials: Hydrolyzed poly(β-amino ester) can help cDNA release from the film. A cDNA is used as a key building block to activate DNA nanodevice. Reduced graphene oxides (rGOs) and the conductive polymer provide conductivity...
August 31, 2016: Small
Anja Henning-Knechtel, Matthew Wiens, Mathias Lakatos, Andreas Heerwig, Frieder Ostermaier, Nora Haufe, Michael Mertig
DNA nanostructures are promising construction materials to bridge the gap between self-assembly of functional molecules and conventional top-down fabrication methods in nanotechnology. Their positioning onto specific locations of a microstructured substrate is an important task towards this aim. Here we study manipulation and positioning of pristine and of gold nanoparticle-conjugated tubular DNA origami structures using ac dielectrophoresis. The dielectrophoretic behavior was investigated employing fluorescence microscopy...
2016: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Rudolf Podgornik
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October 2016: Journal of Biological Physics
Tuan Trinh, Pongphak Chidchob, Hassan S Bazzi, Hanadi F Sleiman
We report a micelle-templated method to enhance the reactivity of DNA with highly hydrophobic molecules. Lipids, chromophores and polymers can be conjugated to DNA in high yield and under mild conditions. This method expands the range of DNA-templated reactions for DNA-encoded libraries, oligonucleotide and drug delivery, nanopore mimetics and DNA nanotechnology.
September 18, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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