A New Modular Approach to Nanoassembly: Stable and Addressable DNA Nanoconstructs via Orthogonal Click Chemistries
Journal article, 2012

Thermodynamic instability is a problem when assembling and purifying complex DNA nanostructures formed by hybridization alone. To address this issue, we have used photochemical fixation and orthogonal copper-free, ring-strain-promoted, click chemistry for the synthesis of dimeric, trimeric, and oligomeric modular DNA scaffolds from cyclic, double-stranded, 80-mer DNA nanoconstructs. This particular combination of orthogonal click reactions was more effective for nanoassembly than others explored. The complex nanostructures are stable to heat and denaturation agents and can therefore be purified and characterized. They are addressable in a sequence-specific manner by triplex formation, and they can be reversibly and selectively deconstructed. Nanostructures utilizing this orthogonal, chemical fixation methodology can be used as building blocks for nanomachines and functional DNA nanoarchitectures.

orthogonal chemical fixation

design

copper-free click

photochemical cross-linking

dip-pen nanolithography

DNA nanotechnology

nanostructures

stability

oligomers

gold nanoparticles

template

photo-cross-linking

Author

S. R. Gerrard

University of Southampton

C. Hardiman

University of Southampton

M. Shelbourne

University of Southampton

I. S. Nandhakumar

University of Southampton

Bengt Nordén

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Physical Chemistry

T. Brown

University of Southampton

ACS Nano

1936-0851 (ISSN) 1936-086X (eISSN)

Vol. 6 10 9221-9228

Areas of Advance

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2010-2017)

Energy

Life Science Engineering (2010-2018)

Subject Categories

Chemical Sciences

DOI

10.1021/nn3035759

PubMed

22989197

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