Assembly and structural analysis of a covalently closed nano-scale DNA cage
2008 (English)In: Nucleic Acids Research, ISSN 0305-1048, E-ISSN 1362-4962, Vol. 36, no 4, 1113-1119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The inherent properties of DNA as a stable polymer with unique affinity for partner mols. detd. by the specific Watson-Crick base pairing makes it an ideal component in self-assembling structures. This has been exploited for decades in the design of a variety of artificial substrates for investigations of DNA-interacting enzymes. More recently, strategies for synthesis of more complex two-dimensional (2D) and 3D DNA structures have emerged. However, the building of such structures is still in progress and more experiences from different research groups and different fields of expertise are necessary before complex DNA structures can be routinely designed for the use in basal science and/or biotechnol. Here we present the design, construction and structural anal. of a covalently closed and stable 3D DNA structure with the connectivity of an octahedron, as defined by the double-stranded DNA helixes that assembles from eight oligonucleotides with a yield of .apprx.30%. As demonstrated by Small Angle X-ray Scattering and cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy analyses the eight-stranded DNA structure has a central cavity larger than the apertures in the surrounding DNA lattice and can be described as a nano-scale DNA cage, Hence, in theory it could hold proteins or other bio-mols. to enable their investigation in certain harmful environments or even allow their organization into higher order structures.
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2008. Vol. 36, no 4, 1113-1119 p.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-16027DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkm1124ISI: 000253857400012PubMedID: 18096620OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-16027DiVA: diva2:43798